With new Alexa skill, Lego teaches kids to obey their robot overlords

04 May, 2018, 14:49 | Author: Chad Warren
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The first story to launch with the skill for Amazon Alexa is PAC-MAN™ and the Ghastly Garbage which delivers a fun engaging adventure allowing users to help save PAC-MAN™ planet from Garbage and a threat that affects everyone you meet!

An Amazon spokesperson told Fortune that Amazon has paid "millions of dollars" to developers in 22 countries who have built Alexa skills for the United States, United Kingdom, and Germany. The features had been in trials for select skill partners, but now anybody building apps for Amazon's Echo speakers can tap into the functionality.

For customers, the feature will be pretty much like using Alexa to make Amazon purchases: Voice commands will be able to trigger purchases using payment options linked to their Amazon accounts.

Developers are in control of what content is offered at which price, but Amazon will handle the actual purchasing flow.

Amazon has moved slowly in adding new tools for developers to make money from the Alexa platform, instead focusing on growing a customer base and ensuring Alexa users aren't bombarded with ads.

In-skill purchasing will allow developers to charge for premium content and features within an Alexa skill, or enable subscriptions to premium content and features served up through the smart assistant.

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As for in-skill purchases, that's also being expanded to general availability today.

Companies already leveraging in-skills purchasing include Sony, The Ellen Show, History and TuneIn.

"If you offer premium content, a customer can now ask to shop, buy, or agree to purchase suggestions made by your skill". For instance, in March 2017, Amazon said that Alexa developers could apply to obtain $100 in credits that they could then use to purchase cloud computing capacity from Amazon Web Services.

The company is also now offering a way for brands and merchants to sell products and services (like event tickets or flower delivery) through Alexa, using Amazon Pay for Alexa Skills.

Parents can turn on kid skills using the Alexa app.


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