Amazon has released a web application to allow developers to test their Echo applications with Alexa in a live environment.
The eCommerce giant has released a development kit to allow programmers to add capabilities (Amazon calls them “Skills”) to the company’s voice-activated assistant. Some examples of third-party skills that have been added to the Echo ecosystem include:
- A Capital One bill paying;
- Domino’s pizza ordering;
- Jeopardy! game;
- Google Calendar events;
- NBC News political headlines;
- Spelling Bee; and
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This video provides a nice rundown of Amazon Echo’s capabilities (skip to 3:18 for the Skills section):
Developers, of course, want to test their “Skills” before going live, thus the reason for Amazon releasing the Echo web app, which is located at Echosim.io.
Just visit the site, log in with your Amazon credentials, and have at it. You don’t, however, have to be a developer to use the app, so if you just want to try out the Echo without owning one, you can now see how it works.
It’s quite the public relations tool in that regard.
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