Voice-Driven Interaction, Training
In 2014, Amazon announced Amazon Echo and the Alexa Skills Kit. The Alexa Skills Kit is a collection of APIs and tools that allow developers to create voice-driven capabilities for the Echo and, later on, Alexa-enabled devices like the Echo Dot or Fire TV.
A year after launch, just 1,000 Alexa Skills had been developed. In order to improve adoption rates, Amazon turned to Big Nerd Ranch to develop video training modules and tutorials for Skills Kit development.
Alexa Skills provide customers with new ways to engage with services and devices through voice-driven interaction. With Alexa Skills and this shift toward zero UI, the possibilities are endless and can span multiple verticals including healthcare, entertainment, education, telecommunications, retail and travel.
Through Alexa skills training, developers learn how to enable devices to complete time-saving voice-driven commands such as making dinner reservations or setting an alarm.
With this training, students learn:
Students will gain Amazon certification upon completion.
Big Nerd Ranch worked in tandem with Amazon’s engineering team to create a suite of:
Topics include: Voice user interface design, account linking, database persistence, home automation, and interacting with web services to provide real-time flight information.
In less than a year after the training was made publicly available, more than 10,000 Alexa Skills had been developed.
Today, more than 70 percent of the 35.6 million Americans using a voice-enabled speaker will use an Echo device this year, and Echo sales are on the rise even as iPhone sales slow.
Alexa Skills are used in a wide range of business use cases, from home automation to food delivery or hotel services.
Through the Alexa Skills Kit, developers have access to a collection of self-service APIs, tools, and code samples that make it fast and easy to add skills to Alexa-enabled devices. We're thrilled to make it even easier for developers to build Alexa Skills by working with Big Nerd Ranch, the leader in developer training courses. Big Nerd Ranch Alexa courses will get developers up to speed on Voice User Interface design, and how to quickly create natural language experiences for Alexa. The courses are intuitive, fun, and educational–and all at no cost to the developer.