Bringing the Zener Card Psychic Test to Voice and Beyond!
We crafted our own one-of-a-kind Zener Card design, giving the original 1930s style a magical, mystical glam look featuring the delightful, British parapsychologist, Dr. Clair Voyant to engage players with every interaction, and within architecture that leverages APLA and Alexa Presentation Language.
What it does
Players launch our skill by saying, "Alexa, open Zener Cards," where they are immediately greeted by parapsychologist Dr. Clair Voyant, who has a British accent. The skill starts with a 2-card spread. The object is for the player to guess what the hidden card is. We include various sound effects, and tips provided by Dr. Clair for correct and incorrect answers. After 5 varied Zener card spreads - all randomly generated - there's a score page where Dr. Clair presents the players score and offers an additional psychic development tip. Players are then invited to play frequently!
How we built it
Backend code is written in Python, hosted on AWS Lambda. We used S3 for storage of images and audio assets, and DynamoDB to save game state, including the round, the score, and tracking how many times different sounds are played.
APLA was used for blending speech and background sounds. APL code was used to change the number of cards displayed for the game and the number of tokens for the score.
Challenges we ran into
We started with mock up images for APL, when we swapped out for actual images, due to the cache, it took too long for replacement images to render. Support sent a link to make changes in the "string", but after doing that, we noticed the skill took too long to render in echo show. I discovered unplugging echo show for a couple of hours actually helped reset to replacement images.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We love the new innvovative, interactive and engaging psychic test/game upgrading the traditional 1930s Zener Cards Psychic Test designed by psychologist Karl Zener. Players of all ages can test and strengthen their ESP and clairvoyance. .
What's next for Are You Psychic?
We plan to include more challenging Zener Card spreads and playing levels along with ISP in January, 2021