Head of Alexa Code Labs
Paul Cutsinger is the head of Amazon Alexa Code Labs where he works with developers to design and develop the next generation of customer experience - a voice based user experience. Previously he was Chief Evangelist of the Amazon Appstore and VP of Technology at Disney Interactive. Paul regularly speaks to developers at conferences like Game Developers Conference (GDC), Casual Connect, Application Developers Alliance, MoDev, LA Games Conference, Mobile World Congress (MWC), Quo Vadis Berlin Games Week, WipJam, AWS ReInvent, AWS Summits, the Tokyo Game Show, and hack-a-thons. Follow him on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Twitch @PaulCutsinger or atwww.PaulCutsinger.com.
Alexa, the voice service that powers the Amazon Echo, provides a set of built-in abilities, or skills, that enable customers to interact with devices in a more intuitive way using voice. Examples of these skills include the ability to play music, answer general questions, set an alarm or timer and more. With the Alexa Skills Kit, you can easily build and add your own skills to Alexa. Customers can access these new skills simply by asking Alexa a question or making a command.
If you’re a hardware maker and your connected device has a microphone and a speaker, the new Alexa Voice Service (AVS) developer preview enables you to add voice-powered experiences to your connected devices. Your customers can simply speak to Alexa through the microphone on your device and Alexa will respond through your device's speakers. This gives your customers access to Alexa's skills and capabilities, including built-in skills and those created by your or other developers using the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK). Examples of Alexa skills include the ability to answer general knowledge questions, provide weather forecasts, query Wikipedia and much more.
The Alexa Fund--named for Alexa, the cloud-based voice service that powers Amazon Echo--provides up to $100 million in investments to fuel voice technology innovation. Whether that’s creating new Alexa capabilities with the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK), building devices that use Alexa for new and novel voice experiences using the Alexa Voice Service (AVS), or something else entirely, if you have a visionary idea, we’d love to talk to you.