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Alexa Skills - Developer Voice And Vote

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  1. The Alexa Voice Profiles feature released recently is a great and awesome feature to have. Can you please have API for Alexa Voice Profiles so that we can use it in our Skills to perform a certain action based on the voice of the user and also customize response per user.

    28 votes

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  2. If you call your Alexa design language APL (Alexa Presentation Language), it will be very confusing. APL is A Programming Language, a popular array oriented language implemented by IBM, Dyalog, and many others. It has been around since the early 1960s. Look up APL programming language on the web and you'll see. Can I suggest AVL (Alexa Voice Language)?

    4 votes

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  3. Solely to address 'least permissive' practices during the engagement of a developer with an AWS account having been engaged to work to create a Alexa skill(s) on behalf of another AWS account.

    Although some of the role templates in IAM are comprehensive, the concept of "Least permissive is always the best approach." 'could' be strengthened by being verifiable to a posted AWS best practice set of specific outlined activities.

    The benefit is that a 3rd party sees that AWS has published those permission sets; the Dev. is able to refer to AWS distilling a best-practices starting point, and 'least permissive'…

    1 vote

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  4. Interpret-as tag allows you to have the device speak characters, numbers, addresses, etc.

    One thing I noticed however is it doesn't respect case. I was wondering if something can perhaps be added to address this? If you echo out the below ssml you will just get a-b-t-h back. Ideally it would say Capital A, lowercase b, Capital T, lowercase h. I have a skill that echos back password values that are generated with different case. Right now I have to pass this into a function and do this mapping on my own, would be nice if it was something built…

    2 votes

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  5. Creation of an "AMAZON.ExtendedHoldIntent" type intent.

    To the user, the device clearly indicates to be in a waiting state by graying out or blanking the screen.
    A mauve to white to mauve triangle wave flashes on the hardware LED(s) as the indicator.
    "(wake work +), I'm back / okay / continue etc." re-triggers the previous speech directive and prompt etc.
    AWS modifies the Lambda’s context.
    The Alexa Skill triggers the lambda with previous attributes and is not a new session.
    Amazon decides how best to handle the Lambda compute use time increase, or which maximums are allowable.

    Creation of a…

    4 votes

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  6. 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…

    84 votes

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  7. In follow up mode, Alexa continues to listen for a while after the skill closed (session is ended) and detects if there's a relevant follow up request for the user. This is designed to relieve the user from having to say, "Alexa....."

    It's logical to assume that if the user makes a request in follow-up mode that can be handled by the previous skill (e.g., they ask for another stock price fact after having just used 'my great stock price skill', they would expect that skill to return the response.

    This is not how it works now. Even the the…

    5 votes

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  8. Possibility to expose an API to remotly interract with alexa, or give the routnie to be more complex to send ifttt command and auto set alexa commande and request.
    For example , i actualy try to run complexe routines passing by ifttt, push bullet, local node js server to :
    - request alexa to connect to bluetooth
    - start AV receiver : working fine
    - configure AV receiver to good entry, volume, etc : working fine
    - request Alexa to connect to bluetooth : impossible without another voice commande
    - request alexa to set volume to 5 : impossible without…

    2 votes

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  9. Our hifi devices have a feature which we call pins, but can be more generally described as presets - a bit like the ones you'd find on a car radio. It provides instant access to preselected music.

    We'd like to offer these through our Smart Home Skill, for the moment, we've overloaded the Channel API permitted 6 channels 1 to 6 and also PIN x where x is a the number 1 to 6. This makes starting a pin rather awkward as you need to ask:

    Alexa, change channel to PIN 4 on Kitchen

    Would it be possible to introduce…

    2 votes

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  10. Issuing a certificate etc for the developers whose skill qualified for the most engaging skill reward or other.

    Reason: One of my skill recently qualified for the reward but I doubt even receiving it because of my nationality and student profile

    2 votes

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  11. It would be great if there was an Alexa Support Center Portal comparable to the AWS Support Center Portal.

    This would make it much easier to submit and track any and all Alexa specific support requests beyond posting to the Alexa forums which is great for a variety of general to specific questions, but falls short for addressing specific account-related and proprietary questions and such.

    Further, having this feature would minimize time and friction going back-and-forth between the AWS Support Team through the AWS Support Center and the Alexa Support Team through the Alexa Forums, Contact Us, Email, etc and…

    1 vote

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  12. When you request Alexa to sing a song she will but there are no SSML tags to allow developers to request this using code

    9 votes

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  13. Enable developer access to the Show/Spot/Look camera for both taking a picture or capturing video - bonus: easy integration with AWS Rekognition in ASK would be ideal.

    32 votes

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  14. Its very annoying, that you can not test your skill without deploying it. Especially because you have to change the lambda endpoint when updating your skill because otherwise your live lambda function will be overwritten.

    It would be great to be able to test locally like 'ask-simulate' without deploying.

    4 votes

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  15. While I'm a fan of the newly launched "Follow up" mode, how it handles stop in the context of a Third Party skill creates some non-trivial user experience problems, where the skill continues to listen after the user has said "stop". For users, "Stop" has a clear meaning. Stop the interaction with Alexa. It doesn't mean, stop talking to the skill and lets go back to "Alexa proper". That's not the user's mental model.

    2 votes

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  16. Please provide an endpoint for when a user disables (unlinks) a linked skill.
    This will allow us to know its time to delete any data we have for the user, and therefore be good to users with the use of their data.

    3 votes

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  17. Sharing skills in Australia?

    How come we can't share a skill in Australia?!?!?!

    1 vote

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

    114 votes

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  19. Allow for text to be top aligned in list templates.

    1 vote

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  20. Automatic Skill Activation

    This is really a must for Alexa to have scheduled skill invocation without voice command ... please make it happen!

    7 votes

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