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Alexa Skills Development

Amazon Alexa is a virtual assistant developed by internet retailer Amazon, first used in the Amazon Echo and the Amazon Echo Dot smart speakers. Submarine have extended the functionality of the device in support of a local Guernsey requirement - recycling. 


The Alexa device is capable of voice interaction, music playback, making to-do lists, setting alarms, streaming podcasts, playing audiobooks, and providing weather, traffic, sports along with other real-time information. 

Alexa capability can be extended and the experience personalised through the use of 'Skills' which can be added to the device through an account and the Alexa app. With the increasing domestic footprint of Alexa, this opens up the potential for a new comms and service channel which Submarine are now exploring.




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Read more:  Project Alexa in support of Guernsey recycling

 

About the author

Paul Brown

Paul is a creative professional who gained his BA Hons degree in graphic design & multi-media at Bradford University in England after studying fine art under Hockney alumni, Grant Devine. An early career in television and an interest in technology led him to combine graphic design with digital media including video and animation which he applied to touch-screen kiosk applications, later interactive CD and DVD.

In 1998, he developed the North of England's first desktop digital video edit suite working directly with Apple (hardware/OS) and AVID (edit software). In 2000, his web based application for social housing (which utilised kiosks for outreach communities) won 5 national technical awards including 'Best Use of Technology'. Between 1999 and 2010 he developed the successful Northern creative agency Bluemoon providing solutions for a wide range of national and international clients including Tesco, M&S, Puma, Foxes Biscuits, Sulzer and Hesco Bastion. 

In addition to his work as a professional designer, Paul has led marketing and comms teams including 5 years in off shore finance and an appointment as Global Brand & Marketing Director for Insight Vacations (The Travel Corporation). 

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