In what is certainly an interesting development, Amazon is working on a way to allow Alexa Skills to “communicate” to each other. The new feature called Skill Connections is being previewed by developers and should allow users to perform actions across multiple skills seamlessly.
Currently, in the developer preview of Skill Connections, developers can integrate printing, restaurant reservations, and taxi reservations into their skills with the serves for those being provided by Open Table, Uber and HP. Theoretically, let’s say you want to go out to dinner, you could have Alexa book you a reservation through Open Table and book you an Uber. You could do this as two separate actions but wouldn’t it be better if you only had to talk to one skill? Alexa, already knows where you are going to dinner because OpenTable booked your reservation so why should you have to tell a sperate Uber SKill where you are going? With SKill Connections hopefully, soon you won’t.
Now, this is all well and good and I have to say I am excited about it but I really want to see where this goes when it is opened up to more than just printing, booking reservations and printing. How could we use this in our every day connected lives to make our voice commands do more for us? That is what I really want to see.
Skill Connections really is a big step for Amazon and I think when this rolls out and is open to more services we could see some interesting development that could truly revolutionize connectivity and voice control.
What would you do with Skill Connections in your connected life? Let me know in the comments below.
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