Growing up with Knight Rider I was sure that we'd all be talking to our computers in no time. Imagine my disappointment when I first tried a dictation app in the 90s - gruesome. Things have changed and now we're all able to have something resembling a conversation with our cell phones. But you couldn't teach it any new tricks unless your work for Apple, Google or Microsoft - how frustrating.

Now with Amazon Alexa we as developer can finally create voice interfaces for our own applications. I'd like to show you how to do just that by creating an Alexa Skills Kit using an AWS Lambda function and a RESTful API to have our very own voice based Trivia game.


Comments are closed.

Gary Fuller at 11:33 on 17 Feb 2017

This talk has whetted my appetite for spending some time learning about Alexa. I also learned that live coding is hard (much like pair coding when a vastly experienced developer is looking over your shoulder... scary stuff). No PHP in the talk, but definitely something worth learning more about.

Davo Smith at 20:19 on 17 Feb 2017

Interesting insight into working with Amazon Alexa. Totally unrelated to PHP or anything I'm likely to use in my day job, but still good, geeky fun.

Luis Lopes at 15:45 on 24 Feb 2017

Was really a fun presentation. Really motivated me to use Lambda and make my own games / apis / skills for Alexa. Lots of laughs with good / basic / quick way to get started, what we need more? :)