Announcing… Points of Interest

Did you just see a For Sale sign? Or a breakdown, a traffic accident, or a coffee shop?

Or anything at all that you might want to check out later, or share with others?

With my new Alexa skill Points of Interest you can quickly bookmark your current location using just your voice! Later, you can ask for a trip report and receive an email as a permanent record for research or sharing with others. Your trip report has full details of your last 10 saved locations, including links to open them instantly in popular mapping tools like Google Maps, Apple Maps or What3Words.

Want to know more? Enable Points of Interest either in the US or UK, grant the necessary permissions, then open the skill and ask for the User Guide. Quick Links below.

Point of Interest – Help Screen – Echo Show 2

🇺🇸 I want to try Points of Interest in the US.

🇬🇧 I want to try Points of Interest in the UK.

Call Handler Update

Alexa Skills can now deliver a far richer audio experience using the Alexa Presentation Language for Audio (APLA). APLA enables mixing of audio tracks in a single response, which allowed me to add a new feature to Call Handler called Story Time. All the details are in the updated User Guide. Just say “Alexa, ask Call Handler for the User Guide”.

From the Call Handler User Guide

Coffee Club – on Amazon Alexa

Everyone wants their favorite tasty beverage made just the way they like it. Coffee Club is a new skill for Amazon Alexa that takes the guesswork out of your next coffee run!

With Coffee Club you can add your team members or coffee-loving friends to a Coffee Club – along with their drink preferences. When it’s time for a coffee run, just ask who’d like a coffee, then tell the skill who to include in this coffee shop trip. Coffee Club will send all the information you need to your Alexa app, so you can take it with you on your phone, or forward it to whoever is on coffee run duty.

This skill was one of the first ever to use Alexa Conversations (which was in Beta at the time). It’s one of two skills I created for the #AmazonAlexaConversationsChallenge run by Amazon and DevPost in September 2020.

You can try Coffee Club here (US only), or read more details in the U.S. Alexa skill store !

House Hunting with Alexa

If you’ve ever found yourself in a nice neighbourhood curious about what it would cost to live there, House Hunting is for you!

It’s a new Alexa skill that simply asks a few questions about what you’re looking for, and gives you a summary of current prices in the area. It works on any Alexa-enabled device, and if you use it on the go, you don’t even need to know what zip code you’re in – just ask House Hunting to search nearby.

This skill was one of the first to use Alexa Conversations, and was one of two that I created for the #AmazonAlexaConversationsChallenge run by Amazon and DevPost in September 2020.

You can try House Hunting here (US only), or read more details in the Alexa skill store !