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”
This year, 2021, I’m building the My Zoo series, adding an Alexa developer concept at a time. With each post, you’ll progressively make your skill more engaging and personalized. We’ll also explore various skill builder options.
Sound like fun? Great!
Get started with the core “Create a Custom Alexa Skill” posts:
- 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)
Then explore these features:
I’ll be adding to this series, including how to use the CLI to build skills, logging, automated testing, adding visuals for devices that support it, and more. Don’t miss new posts: add https://leaherb.com to your RSS feed.
Note: Before launching custom skills for public access, you’ll need to understand 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 provide all the code you need and how to add it. You’re welcome to use (your own) Node.js if you prefer, of course.