I am pleased to announce that my first ever skill for Amazon Alexa powered devices has gone live in the Amazon Skill Marketplace. My skill, BART Control, accesses live information about the Bay Area Rapid Transit system in northern California.
If you’re unfamiliar with Amazon Alexa, it can be described as follows per Amazon:
Alexa, the voice service that powers Echo, provides capabilities, or skills, that enable customers to interact with devices in a more intuitive way using voice. Examples of these skills include the ability to play music, answer general questions, set an alarm or timer and more. Alexa is built in the cloud, so it is always getting smarter. The more customers use Alexa, the more she adapts to speech patterns, vocabulary, and personal preferences.
I personally own an Amazon Echo, but there is a wide variety of hardware that is compatible with Amazon’s voice service.
Now let me share some specifics about the skill that I developed and what I used to develop it.Read More