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Amazon's latest initiative, Alexa Skill Blueprints, essentially allows you to personalise your Alexa experience.

"Alexa Skill Blueprints is an entirely new way for you to teach Alexa personalized skills just for you and your family", said Steve Rabuchin, Vice President of Amazon Alexa in a press release on Thursday.

Amazon is adding custom responses through Skill Blueprints for voice assistant Alexa.

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While there are a plethora of Alexa skills-humor, trivia, cooking, sports, productivity, smart home, and more-making it easier for consumers to create their own skills should help keep Amazon maintain its competitive advantage against Google Assistant and other challengers in the digital assistant space.

The Alexa software, most often found in Amazon's Echo-branded speakers, already has thousands of custom applications, called Skills, built by independent software developers and corporate technologists. Each blueprint comes with pre-filled content that can be used as-is or customised, meaning you can edit the examples or add your own. Or use Echo Spot in the kitchen to easily set and view timers, call friends and family with a supported Echo device or the Alexa App, see shopping and to do lists, and more.

For example, the quiz blueprint by default has four questions, answers, and follow-up facts.

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The Echo Spot will be available in-store and shipped out to customers on 26 April, with pre-orders starting today on Amazon Australia for $199.

Now Amazon started with templates for houseguests guides, babysitter directions, trivia, compliments and stories, but the company will build out the Alexa Blueprint library. While the new addition of Alexa Skill Blueprints does open up to some jovial fun, it is also open to abuse with people setting up the voice assistant to offer incorrect responses in households.

Once you've done that you can then pick from a variety of templates (aka blueprints) and begin crafting your own responses.

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Users without tech or coding skills can create custom responses to questions. When it is ready, it will be available on any Alexa-enabled device associated with that Amazon account.

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