Today we are delighted to announce that Echo Spot is now shipping to customers in the UK, Germany and Austria. Echo Spot brings customers everything they love about Alexa and Echo in an all-new compact design, combining the power of voice with a visual display. Echo Spot is a smaller, stylish, versatile, even more affordable Echo with a screen and designed for a number of different use cases in the home.
Customers are adding Echo Spot to their desk, kitchen, book shelves, or as an intercom or music system throughout their home. This opens up new opportunities for skill developers to create engaging voice experiences enhanced by the interactive touch display.
Design Multimodal Experiences for Echo Show and Echo Spot
With the addition of Echo Spot, customers have even more ways to interact with voice. You can now create great multimodal experiences optimized for Echo Spot and use the Voice Design Guide to help you define an engaging experience for your customers.
A custom skill for Echo Show and Echo Spot can include an interactive touch display in its response, in addition to standard voice interaction. Customers can now interact with Alexa through the voice user interface (VUI), graphical user interface (GUI) and touch elements of Echo Show and Echo Spot. Consider how all of these elements will work together for your customers. Read our documentation on building skills for Echo Show and Echo Spot to get started.
Voice-Enable Your Smart Home Cameras
Now, in addition to Echo Show (UK version, German and Austrian version), Fire Tablets (UK, Germany and Austria) and Fire TV (UK, Germany and Austria), customers can also view live streams from their smart home cameras on Echo Spot. No changes are required to existing smart home skills. Learn more about Alexa smart home development and start building today.
Join smart home skills developers including Ring, Arlo, Philips Hue, IKEA, Hive, TP-Link, Netatmo, WeMo, Smart Things and Tado in creating engaging experiences to manage devices throughout a connected home via Echo Spot.
Or get inspired by skills that allow you to make a restaurant reservation with OpenTable; order food with Just Eat; find and see recipes with Recipedia, Chefkoch or Daily Mail Recipes; watch and listen to news content from BBC News, The Telegraph, Evening Standard, LBC, MTV, 7Digital or ZDFheute Xpress; get your sport fix from Sky Sports Super 6, TorAlarm or Liverpool FC News; find and visualize local information with Das Örtliche or Gelbe Seiten Kino; see stock data from comdirect; check what’s on TV with Fernsehprogramm or display the weather with WetterOnline.
Start Building Skills for Echo Spot Today
Check out the following resources as you start creating magical multimodal experiences for your customers:
- Echo Spot Product Details – Germany and Austria
- Echo Spot Product Details – UK
- For general guidance on creating a skill, read Steps to Build a Custom Skill
- To create a skill with Echo Show and Echo Spot support, read the Display Interface Reference
- To include video in your Alexa skill, read the VideoApp Interface Reference
- For best practices, read Best Practices for Echo Show and Echo Spot Skills
- Learn more about Building Smart Home Camera Skills
- Connect with the Alexa community on our developer forums
Webinar: Designing Multimodal Skills for Alexa
Learn to design skills that shine across all Alexa-enabled devices including Echo Show and Echo Spot. Join our upcoming webinar to learn how to add imagery, video, and formatted text content. Register now to reserve your spot.
Source: Alexa Developer Blog