Alexa Skills - Developer Voice And Vote

Welcome to the Alexa Skills Feature Request site! This site enables Alexa Skills Developers to request and vote on features you’d like to see in the developer toolset and services for Alexa.

To keep this site purpose-driven and actionable, we moderate requests. Here’s some guidance on how to create great feature requests that can be evaluated by our development teams. For conversation, dialogue or help, you should visit our Alexa forums. We appreciate your input.

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  1. Send raw query with request

    Currently all skills must run through Amazon’s Natural Language Understanding and provide a language model to Alexa. While this is helpful for getting started, many more advanced features for Language Processing and response building benefit heavily from having the user’s speech accessible to perform more complex operations like sentiment analysis, conversation reconstruction or custom natural language processing through models on other services. This allows developers to deliver a richer experience to users through the additional processing it makes possible.
    For my use case in specifically it would be acceptable to have an option in the console to disable the language…

    24 votes
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    Thanks for the clarification and suggestion! We’ll route this to the appropriate internal team for review.

  2. Locally control ZigBee devices connected to my Echo Plus Hub

    All my home automation devices use the Z-Wave radio protocol (sockets, lights, shutters, sirens, etc ...) and only one uses the ZigBee protocol: the Philips Hue lamp purchased with my Echo Plus.

    I also have other connected objects (Netatmo weather, Netatmo security, Foscam camera, GreenIQ, Harmony Elite) each with their own communication mode.
    Mostly all these devices have a set of APIs and, thus, I can manage all these objects from my home automation box Fibaro.

    ALL EXCEPT my Philips Hue bulb which is managed ONLY FROM my Echo Plus.

    So here's the improvement I'm asking for: be able to…

    17 votes
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  3. Access the web browser in my Echo Show skill?

    I would like to start a bookmarked video or web application by voice in my skill.

    17 votes
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  4. Bad debugging

    When I get the "There was a problem with the request3d skill's response" reply it would be 1000% more helpful if you would at least display what the response was even if you cannot tell me what was wrong with the response

    14 votes
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  5. Smart Home Skill Api For Curtains/Drapes

    Hi Team,

    Currently In Alexa Smart Home Skill there is no Api to control Drapes/Curtains.
    For Example:
    Alexa,open Living Room Curtain
    Alexa,close Living Room Curtain

    It will be very useful if Smart Home team implement this feature specially for Hotel Automation and also smart home automation.

    13 votes
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  6. Provide Official ASK CLI Docker Image

    I was surprised to find that there is no official Docker image for development with the ASK CLI. The "amazon" user on Docker Hub contains only a couple images for working specifically with ECS and Elastic Beanstalk, and there does not appear to be any official "alexa" user. Upon further investigation, I found the aws-codebuild-docker-images repo in the "aws" GitHub organization, but unfortunately it does not have any sample Dockerfiles that install the ASK CLI either. There are similar issues open at the AWS CLI repo, because there is no official Amazon Docker image for the AWS CLI either, so…

    12 votes
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  7. Unique device ID for each Alexa device needed

    We have a use case to put Alexa devices into many rooms and write custom Alexa skills to serve different responses and perform database updates based on which room they are in. As a result, we need to uniquely identify each Alexa in order to identify the room. We have look into various work around:
    1) use "context:System:device:deviceId" which is specific to each skills and changes when the skills disable/enable.
    2) use different userid to identify different Alexa but this would mean having many user accounts if the deployment is big
    3) when Skill detects unknown "context:System:device:deviceId", expect user to…

    10 votes
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  8. Alexa Smart Home: actual support for devices which are traditionally controlled by up/down or open/close switches

    If you want to add the ability to, for example, control blinds in your smart home skill, the only option you have is the Alexa.PercentageController Interface.
    This leaves you with the option to control your blinds by saying something like: "Alexa, set blinds to sixty". This feels very unnatural in our opinion. Wouldn't it be much more convenient to control such devices by saying: "Alexa, open/close blinds"? An optional "Alexa, stop" utterance could then interrupt the process.

    8 votes
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  9. Deleting Voice Recordings Programmatically

    I have a project coming up for someone that may include sensitive info, and I thought it would be useful to be able to run a script to delete voice clips through the CLI in order to scrub information it might have sent off without having to manually go through the app or something every time.

    Or, even better, a way through the ASK to say something like "Alexa, delete voice recordings" and have it delete the recordings in some way.

    I had originally asked about this in the dev forum and it was suggested that I suggest it here.…

    8 votes
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  10. Provide a flag for new users

    There is already a flag for a new conversation, but I'm interested in a flag for a new user. I would prefer to keep my Alexa code stateless so that I don't need to store the user ids, just to check if this is a new user or not. Regarding the Datenschutz-Grundverordnung (EU-DSGVO) I want data minimization, so non stored information cannot make trouble. While certification I got the feedback that I have to explain the core functionality. For a returning customer I really want to avoid to tell the already known features. You may can reset the flag after…

    8 votes
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  11. ask-cli exclude files during deploy to lambda

    Add the ability to exclude files during lambda deploy.

    $ deploy --target lambda --exclude **/*.test.js

    7 votes
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  12. Support SVG Images in APL Templates

    The APL Image component currently only supports JPEG and PNG images. I propose adding support for vector graphics (SVG) which allow displaying of images using (in some cases) less bandwidth and better scaling for different display sizes.

    Currently, SVGs so not render on the device at all, but are shown as expected in the simulator.

    6 votes
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  13. ask-cli should be CI/CD compatible

    At the moment initialising and ask-cli requires a few manual steps to set-up authentication and the connection to AWS.

    This basically renders the ask-cli useless for continuous integration and deployment processes.

    I suggest adding support for the ask-cli to be run with cmd flags and/or environmental variables only. In particular this requires accessing ASK with long lived tokens rather than the current (browser-based) OAuth flow.

    6 votes
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  14. How to disable recording of specific user utterance?

    Is there any way we can disable recording of specific user utterance by Alexa. As part of a security requirement, the user might utter a security PIN(not to be confused with Alexa PIN) which needs to be validated in the lambda. But this security PIN(or this specific utterance) should not get recorded by Alexa. Is this feature available in Alexa ?

    6 votes
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  15. Script or API for skill analytics

    After creating multiple skills, it's really painful to check analytics dashboard one by one for metrics. Analytics API or script can save our life

    5 votes
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  16. Add custom Lambda function configuration support with ASK CLI

    ASK CLI just deploys Lambda functions using a standard default configuration. In order to change these settings, you have to go in the Lambda function that was created and customize its configuration to your needs, causing a revision id mismatch and ultimately requiring to force deploy the subsequent skill update.

    Would it possible to add custom Lambda function configuration settings, such as the basic settings (memory, timeout & description), role execution policy and environment variables, to the ask configuration file, potentially using part of the AWS CLI Lambda create function JSON skeleton object?

    {
    "FunctionName": "<functionName>",
    "Runtime": "nodejs8.10",
    "Role": "<role>", …

    5 votes
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  17. unlink account from ask sdk

    It would be great, If we have any functionality available to unlink account from ask sdk. If there is any security lapse, we should be able to unlink the user account from the skill using ask sdk.

    This feature can be used implement security requirements like the one described in the below topic

    https://forums.developer.amazon.com/questions/171861/unlinking-an-account-after-3-incorrect-attempts.html

    5 votes
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  18. Cache option for audio embedded in SSML

    Whenever my skill returns SSML with embedded audio, the ASK API will fetch that audio file from my server and send it to the user's Alexa.

    This generates a lot of traffic on my server and might result in high latency.

    It would be great if there is a caching mechanism for these audio files that prevents the ASK API to fetch the audio file on every single request.

    Here are two caching strategies that might make sense:

    1. Add an Audio Upload API to the ASK API like Facebook does for Messenger Bots: https://developers.facebook.com/docs/messenger-platform/reference/attachment-upload-api

    2. Automatically cache fetched audio…

    5 votes
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  19. Allow multiple friendly names for a single endpoint id in smart home skill

    A device can be called by multiple names such as a Study light can also be a painting light if it is located beside painting. This feature is available for custom skill , so why not extend it to smart home skill.

    4 votes
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  20. Alexa Skills Kit SDK for Ruby

    Please build an Alexa Skills Kit SDK for Ruby! Is there one in the works? What can I do to help? I really want to build Alexa skills in Ruby but I'm willing to wait if there's a Ruby ASK SDK coming. Thanks for all the great tools!

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