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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Alexa Gadgets for Games

Intriguing, especially if game developers get involved.  Could the voice personalization be used to recognize players?  Different players in a household participate in a game?   Remote players.  Still not available but you can get on their list.  Could be a distinguishing skill type from competitors.    Connection to buttons, even touch on the Show, might provide novel interaction.  More detail at the link.

Alexa and Gadgets for Games 
We’re excited to introduce Alexa Gadgets, a new category of connected products and developer tools that enhance voice interactions with compatible Echo devices. Alexa Gadgets are powered by the new Alexa Gadgets SDK and Gadgets Skill API, which enable you to build products and experiences that turn a compatible Echo device into a hub for interactive play. You can sign up now to be notified when the development tools are made available.

To demonstrate how these new tools can be used to create playful experiences, we also introduced the first Alexa Gadgets product: Echo Buttons. Echo Buttons deliver a new way for customers to play games with friends and family. Each Echo Button illuminates and can be pressed to trigger a variety of multiplayer and interactive game experiences. The buttons connect to compatible Echo devices via Bluetooth, and will be available in the US, UK, and Germany in time for the holidays. .... " 

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