Alexa Newsletter – January 2021

By January 30, 2021February 8th, 2021LAB

The first Amazon Alexa newsletter is here, below we break down the two exciting updates that have been added to support developers and users of he Amazon Alexa.

Multi-Value Slots

Now Available: Multi-Value Slots

With the introduction of Multi-Value slots, developers are now able to collect multiple slot values for one slot in the intent, opening up the functionality to build more natural conversations

For example, if a developer was creating an adventure skill game, currently they may implement a conversation like below;

Alexa: Please provide the first material you would like to use in creating an item.
User: Iron Ore
Skill: Got it, which second material would you like to use?
User: Wooden Plank
Skill: With these two items, you could create an Iron Sword

With the introduction of Multi-Value Slots, a conversation could look like;

Alexa: What materials would you like to use?
User: Iron Ore and a Wooden Plank
Skill: With these two items, you could create an Iron Sword

Which helps streamline conversations and skill interactions.

Alexa Energy Dashboard

New Alexa Energy Dashboard

Back in September, Amazon announced the new Alexa energy dashboard, which could be accessed through the Alexa App. This gave customers the ability to track and manage the estimate energy consumed by connected smart devices.

With the latest update, new devices such as compatible lights, switches, plugs, TVs and thermostats can now be integrated with the new dashboard, with new smart devices having support added in the future!

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