With the new innovations in personal companions, the team was inspired to provide an experience that would truly improve the lives of those who Alexa interacts with.
What it does
Alexa uses a custom built skill called "Inspire" that allows her to respond to a number of queries to help inspire and relax you. Currently, Alexa can play soothing sounds, recite an inspirational quote from a database of 40, and can engage the user in calming breathing exercises.
How we built it
Challenges we ran into
At first, the syntax and hierarchy of organization, as well as the setup of AWS and Lambda was confusing and hard to pick up. Additionally, the differences in existing demos made it hard to zero in on a style of design for the code and flow of the conversation.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
What we learned
We learned how to program new skills for Alexa, as well as how the system picks up on different intents, making the conversation flow more smoothly.
What's next for Inspire for Alexa
In the future, the team wants to extend the different tasks that Alexa can preform in the Inspire skill so that it can make a genuine impact on the lives of those around her.