With My Zoo, Alexa makes animal sounds. A My Zoo interaction might go something like this:
User: “Alexa, open My Zoo”
Alexa: “Welcome to My Zoo, I make animal sounds!”
Alexa: “What animal do you want to hear?”
User: “a lion”
In the coming months, I’ll be adding to steps the tutorial. We’ll be making the skill progressively more engaging and personalized. We’ll also explore advanced features and development options.
Sound like fun? Great! Here are the current parts in the “Create a Custom Alexa Skill” tutorial series to get you started on custom skill development:
- Create a Custom Alexa Skill, Part 1 (“Hello Zoo!”)
- Create a Custom Alexa Skill, Part 2 (Intents, Utterances, Slots)
- Create a Custom Alexa Skill, Part 3 (Code an Intent)
Note: My Zoo it is not intended to be built for public acces. Our purpose is simply to learn how to develop custom skills. Before you start launching custom skills for public access, you’ll need to learn concepts like effective design, “discoverability”, certification, etc. These concepts are outside the scope of this particular tutorial series.
Note: this tutorial series uses Python on the back end. Don’t worry if you are not familiar with the Python programming language, I’ll be providing all the code you need and tell you how to add it. You’re welcome to use Node.js if you prefer it, but you’ll have to convert the Python code.