Earlier this year, Amazon rolled out a new feature that allowed Alexa unit owners to create their own custom skills using pre-configured templates. Today, Amazon is expanding Alexa Blueprints, called the service, to include a handful of new templates designed for families and roommates.
These include a chore chart template, a house rules template for roommates and others.
The Chore Chart template allows families to plan and track their children's weekly tasks, and even allows more children (or anyone really) to compete to see who has done the most. Parents first configure the skills with a list of weekly chores and who these threads are assigned.
Throughout the week, the children can log their completed tasks by asking Alexa. ("Alexa, ask Chore Chart to log a chore."). Everyone can then check the progress by asking for "Chore Score."
Another printout is a variation of the existing "houseguest" and "babysitter" templates that let you fill out useful home information, such as where you find the remote control or what the Wi-Fi password is for example. The new "Roommate" blueprint, available now, lets you program in other information about the house, as "house rules".
You can have Alexa Night users turn off the lights or run the dishwasher when asking for the "House Rules" for a given room. This passive aggressive roommate-shaming system may not be the most useful ̵
The other two new drawings are more
One, "Who Turn", Alexa will either randomly choose which trip it is to take on a specific task – like walking the dog – or she can choose from the next name in the list , depending on how it is configured.
Likewise, the "What To Do" skill will let Alexa make the decision when you're stumped about what activity to do next time. Alexa can choose which movie or TV show you want to watch from a list you configure and can even suggest what's for dinner if you're programming on a list of favorite meals. This is also clearly more meant for parents with children who like to include Alexa in family discussions and activities, like a third party arbitrator, so to speak.
Many of the existing drawings are already family friends as the family joins, trivia and stories. Amazon said in June that Alexa Skill Blueprints adoption has been higher than expected when it introduced a way for people to share their own blueprints with others.
The new drawings are now alive, bringing the total number of customizable skills to 41.