Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) is a collection of resources for developing Alexa, the Amazon Echo Device's voice service. Use ASK to increase Alexa's capabilities. Develop skills like playing music, setting an alarm, or having a simple conversation with Alexa. See the project documentation to find information on setting up a cloud based service (AWS Lambda), handling requests from Alexa, and extensive code samples.
Recent advances in natural language processing and machine learning allow digital systems to engage in conversation with their users. Speech recognition is now accurate enough to make this interaction hands free. The best new technologies will be those we don’t even notice we are using.
Ten APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including Natural Language Processing, Writing, Security, and Games. A highlight today is the AYLIEN News API which provides access to news content and data. Here's a summary of what's new for developers.