Alexa Skills - Developer Voice And Vote

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  1. I have a stutter, and find it hard to say any of the wake words easy. Could an option be added for users to say “Hey Alexa” rather than just “Alexa”

    Whenever I say Hey Alexa, it doesn’t seem to recognise it

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  2. Currently you can snooze the motion detection on the Ring cameras (when gardening etc.) but Alexa continues to shout notifications every 5 mins when someone is in the garden. This is not great for whoever stays indoors. Improving the compatibility so that Alexa also does not notify for movement when ring is in motion snooze would be great. Otherwise you have to turn the cameras off (not ideal) or mute each individual Alexa. Being able to snooze the motion of the cameras from Alexa would also be appreciated.

    3 votes

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  3. Reasons:

    1. Because it's so natural for people to do! And Alexa is a product for people.

    2. Users quite often start to speak while Alexa is still speaking or just finished speaking and haven't yet turned on its mic.
      There is a blue light, but sometimes users speak to Alexa when it's outside of their view site. Alexa is designed to be for eye-busy experience, and eyes might be busy while interaction.

    3. Alexa is actually listening to users all the time while it's speaking - but now it only detects a wake word. So why don't allow a full intent there?

    3 votes

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  4. Can we have location triggers and similar services made available in the UK.

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  5. Some of us are bilingual and would like to make commands in either or both languages. Sometimes it is easier to ask a question in one language and other times on another.

    2 votes

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  6. for video doorbell, the video automatic live on alexa, short time.. just 10 sec! can make 1-2 mins

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  7. I am building what amounts to a knowledge management app (what I would consider a major application opportunity for voice in the enterprise) for a Fortune 500 company prototyping Alexa as a front end to access information (APL submenus to navigate) from multiple subcategories of information. In order to accomplish this seamlessly a given skill needs to call another skill (ala Skill Connections) without returning control to the original skill. Per support, this apparently can not be done currently (Skill Connections returns control to the "requesting" original skill and does not cede control). Please consider adding what seems to be…

    1 vote

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  8. It would be nice to be able to send arbitrary text to Smart Home devices, e.g. "Alexa send 'hello world' to my device".
    This could be useful for many classes of devices, e.g. whiteboards, banners...

    1 vote

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  9. Currently, many of the websites that I visit on Echo redirects me to a mobile version of the website, which basically tells me to download the app (ex. https://open.spotify.com/). I would love the option for the silk to request 'Desktop Version' of the site, so it won't be redirected to the 'get the app' website.

    2 votes

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  10. Have Alexa pause when user needs time to think about a response/answer.

    User can say: "wait" or "pause" or "one sec"
    System will flash orange ring until user says: "OK"

    Conversation flow resumes.

    419 votes

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  11. My idea would enable Alexa to input multiple PC monitor sources and give the ability to switch between them. It is so annoying to switch using under monitor buttons and KVM switches are so 1990's tech with tons of cables everywhere.

    One Alexa voice to control them all so to speak. I imagine this could be done via either hardware or software installed on the PC that is Alexa enabled. Either way could provide further expand-ability but that's beyond the scope of this idea currently.

    1 vote

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  12. Please update the firmware of devices with screen for put an icons or visual sign about an unread notification.

    On devices without screen you can see the ring turning up yellow, how about devices with screen??. Nothing!. Why not keep a yellow line at the bottom of the screen, or maybe more visually and icon just side the clock.

    It's easy, please update this at the firmware soon.

    1 vote

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  13. It would be useful if additional event handlers could be added to the APL video component to allow more control over the following situations:

    onTimeout or onFailedLoad - Allows the template creator to have an event automatically fire in the event that the video source fails to load for a given period of time (something like 5 seconds, or potentially even a user-defined period).

    onUnload - Allows template creator to fire an event when the video player is unloaded (such as when a new page is requested)

    1 vote

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  14. Being able to call a lamda function from a routine would provide a high level of customization, and allow a person to trigger an action from an event. Currently you are forced to use only what is supported out of the box and cant build anything on top of that. Lamda calling would allow for that.

    2 votes

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  15. I would like my skill to be able to listen for specific responses, i.e. make Alexa bias towards utterances of one or multiple intents that I specify in the skill's response, for the next user input.

    For example, let's say my skill has a CityIntent which has utterances:

    • I live in {city}
    • It is {city}
    • {city}

    And my skill has another MovieIntent which has utterances:

    • I like {movieType}
    • I prefer {movieType}
    • {movieType}

    And at certain times my skill may also expect {yes/no} answer from user.

    Since {city} and {movieType} have different value, Alexa usually does a good job of figuring…

    82 votes

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  16. When I go on deployment, I cannot use a “drop in” to talk to my kids for months at a time, so I’m hoping a development is underway to hold/store recordings of me saying goodnight/good morning to the kids and other prerecorded messages of me. Maybe incorporate it into a routine for them too.

    2 votes

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  17. I'd very much like my son (11 yrs) to be able to communicate w/Alexa.
    He's not an Eng as a mother tongue (native) speaker, as am I ;-)
    Regrettably, his command of the English lang is as a 3-4 yrs.
    I'd like that Alexa would:
    1) Speak A Lot (!) Slower?
    2) Reply A Lot (!) more accessible ("lower" English "level")?

    6 votes

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  18. Ability to transfer a skill from my account to a client's account.

    108 votes

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  19. Hello there,

    it'd be excellent if Alexa could have two languages activated at the same time. For example, I'd love to have German and English activated and have access to the German and the US skill store at the same time.

    Much obliged

    2 votes

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  20. Say I've got an Alexa device in my guest room. It would be great if there was a kind of "guest mode" which I could use to apply certain (customizable) restrictions to features like:

    • Skill invocation
    • Smart Home
    • Playing music
    • Shopping​​
    22 votes

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