Alexa Skills - Developer Voice And Vote

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  1. Add option to request user input and parse to other steps

    When creating a routine, have an option to add a step where Alexa seeks user input (voice) so that additional information or steps can be configured. Would work well with integration of logic gates in routine builder as well, and ability to parse user input to future steps.

    Ex. ‘Goodnight’ routine that turns off living room lights/tv and asks about turning on bedroom tv.

    User: Alexa, I’m heading to bed.

    Alexa: Do you want me to turn on the bedroom TV for you?

    User: Yes

    Routine runs standard commands to turn off living room lights and tv, as well as…

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  2. Add a Dictionary Built-in Slot Type

    Add a Dictionary Built-in Slot Type. This would allow a slot to be filled with any word in the dictionary. The Alexa Lists allow this. For example, I can say Alexa, add _____ to my shopping list. I would like to allow my skill to ask for any word and then process it in the backend. In order to simulate this, I need to use up the allowed characters in my slot definition. If it was built-in, it would probably allow more words, would be faster and would not use any of my allowed characters.

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  3. accept beta test invitation just by voice

    as voice services are ideal for users with visual handicap, I would like to involve those people in beta testing a new skill version. Activating a production skill via voice works great today. Entering the beta testing phase can not be done with voice only and therefore those testers need another person to help out.
    Therefore I suggest to allow enabling the skill beta testing phase only by voice commands like "activate beta test for skill xyz" as well as dropping out of the beta test by voice like "stop beta test for skill xyz"

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  4. add currency slot type

    add currency slot type

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  5. Allow visual skill developers to hold the screen open without resorting to APL "delay" commands

    The only way to hold a skill open (as far as I can tell) is to use long-running APL "delay" commands. I've also heard of people playing a silent audio file to prevent closure. This is not great. Can we have a feature to explicitly hold the session open until the user closes it?

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  6. Update Alexa Skill state from external, non-voice sources, especially w.r.t. Echo Show

    My smarthome product reacts to Alexa commands. But sometimes I want the device to tell Alexa about its state. Let's say my product has a volume slider... I want to tell Alexa when that slider is used and have my skill update the volume indicator on screen (echo show).

    You can imagine this might also apply to stock tickers or weather updates or any outside information that might change between utterances.

    If I recall correctly, this kind of thing is available in "smart home" skills, but that archetype was too restrictive for my purposes. My skill is just a normal…

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  7. Make better guesses when AMAZON.musician and AMAZON.musicalRecording are in the same intent

    Right now AMAZON.musician and AMAZON.musicalRecording are chosen independently when the context of the two together could be used to make better guesses.

    Yesterday, my skill heard "Wonderful Night" by "Eric Clapton" and caused an error. There's no reason Alexa shouldn't be able to assume that I meant "Wonderful TOnight", a song by Eric Clapton.

    1 vote
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  8. Add support of garage door devices in routines

    Many users of our smart garage controller device requested the ability to use garage door commands in Alexa routines to enable scenarios like:


    • Ensure that all garage doors are closed at sunset

    • Control garage doors by pressing Echo button

    • Turn on and off smart lights when doors open or close

    • Open/close doors based on your location

    • Create voice aliases for various garage door commands and grouped actions

    According to Alexa developer support (CASE 7219455151) this capability is not currently supported.

    2 votes
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  9. School Bells

    Many teachers are teaching from home. I wish we could tell Alexa our bell schedule and she would ring the bell at the beginning and end of periods. It is badly needed in the pandemic. School children would use it to keep on schedule as well.

    4 votes
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  10. mirror echo show screen to tv

    would love to see the Screensaver/ echo show congregation displayed on my large TV so I can easily see my reminders calendar event.

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  11. Support APLA documents & directives for reprompts

    The new APLA Documents are great for providing rich audio responses at runtime to users.

    However, we are still stuck using the reprompt object in responses, and this can only contain PlainText or SSML.

    For a user who has just experienced an immersive experience but then hears a low-quality reprompt (especially when the audio element is used), this could seem disjoint.

    It would be great if we could use APLA documents in multimodal reprompts too :)

    Cheers.

    3 votes
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  12. ”Hey Alexa”

    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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  13. interactive movie

    I have a genius idea!!!
    I think they need to come out with a scary movie that is interactive with Alexa. So during the movie Alexa starts making sounds or playing music or turning lights on and off.

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  14. Enable change logs for Alexa ASK console and CLI

    Access Logs and Change history are needed to effectively monitor the changes done by various users in ASK developer console and ASK CLI. In the absence of the access logs and change history, large organizations with multiple ASK users have no way to track changes to Alexa skill in production. If the administrator of the Alexa account has the ability to view change logs, it will give the ability to effectively monitor user changes.

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  15. Enhancements to ASK developer console and CLI/SMAPI User Roles

    The current permissions for various roles in ASK developer console and CLI/SMAPI are very broad. Large organizations need more control over roles to effectively manage Enterprise level skills. This feature request is to give organizations the ability to configure granular level access based on the roles as shown below.

    Description Administrator Marketer Developer Analyst
    Create Skill Yes No No No
    Delete Skill Yes No No No
    Creating a new
    Intent Yes No Yes No
    Deleting Intents Yes No Yes No
    Modify Existing
    intents Yes Yes Yes Yes
    Updating
    distribution detailsYes Yes Yes No
    Skill Submission/Publishing/Hide/
    Remove the skill Yes No…

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  16. Enable "Alexa for Apps" from Echo devices

    "Alexa for Apps" is fantastic; but the vast majority of users don't own compatible mobile devices. They own some variant of the Amazon Echo in most cases.

    Please enable "Alexa for Apps" from all of the Amazon Echo models too.

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  17. Decrease false triggers

    have Alexa respond to “hey Alexa” (or hey Echo, or hey Amazon, or hey computer) like other AI assistants so Alexa won’t false-activate every time she hears her name or something like it in conversation or on the radio or on TV?

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  18. Add labels to alarms

    Allow alarms to have a label.

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  19. Support garage door opener in German

    Alexa lacks support for garage door openers in German. We have customers requesting this feature. Our skills supports it, but German users cannot use it because Alexa support is absent.

    Response from certification team:
    One of the language variants of your Smart Home skill includes functionality that is not yet available for Alexa in that language. Please remove any unsupported functionality from the skill before resubmitting.

    Unsupported Functionality: security garage door
    Language(s) Impacted: DE

    4 votes
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  20. Konkani & Tulu language support

    Konkani language is spoken in only specific regions of India. The challenges with these languages are these languages do not have written communication. These are one of the most ancient languages. Digitization of the such a language will preserve these languages in virtual world. Please reach out to me if you need further clarification. I am greatly passionate about this and willing to contribute my time as well. Thank you

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