Amazon is making it easier for Alexa to make sick burns

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To create an Alexa skill, people can visit, where they will find more than 20 templates to choose from in categories including fun & games, at home, storyteller, and learning & knowledge. If you need to edit your skill, you can do so at any time via the Alexa Skills Blueprints website.

The templates are designed so you can just fill in the bits and pieces that make them personalized to your needs.

Creating your own Alexa skill and response is as easy as 1, 2, 3.

For starters, and it probably goes without saying, you'll need at least one Alexa-enabled device. An example from the skills website is to get Alexa to roast your friends with light-hearted burns. Whether Alexa device owners are anxious about that in the first place is up for debate, but there is a difference between getting a general news update or turning off lights.and telling Alexa more specific details about family members or home life. Kids have readily taken to Alexa, and today there are almost 500 public Alexa skills built for kids alone. There is no information on when Amazon might launch it in other parts of the world. If you have more than one Echo, Alexa responds intelligently from the Echo you're closest to with ESP (Echo Spatial Perception).

Users will be able to do things like creating a multiple-choice trivia game, create and access a personal list of facts or welcome guests with a guide to your home. And Airbnb owners could set up a skill for their houseguests. The page also has an audio recording of a sample version of a skill created with that blueprint.

The Spot features numerous same features that Amazon's other Echo products do, including access to the 15,000 local "skills" (applications) available through Amazon and other third parties. Presumably, like other Alexa features, Amazon will be rolling it out internationally in the coming weeks and months.