Alexa Skill: Turf Expert

Oh well, two weeks later than planned so I missed out on the possibility of a free Amazon Alexa T-shirt, but with 984 terms added to a new Alexa Skill ‘Turf Expert’ I think it was now time to submit it for certification.

Turf Expert Skill

Turf Expert Skill

I’ve created my own descriptions for a wide range of terms used within lawn care and sports turf maintenance; some definitions of terms which are not included elsewhere, so potentially a useful learning resource. I am able to make impartial definitions without having to worry about any influence from others, so that’s a bonus for me.

I’ve made a note of around another 1,000 terms / words which I will add definitions and descriptions to in due course as well, but let’s see how the certification goes this time around.

Alexa Submission

Alexa Submission

A few issues still with some words not being recognised by Alexa – ‘Sustainable Use’ is a difficult one, so is 3:4:5 Triangle (in various wordings), but I have checked all the terms in the Alexa Development Console and over 95% are now correctly interpreted, so a good bit of learning by me to get it this far.

Voice Design can have potential benefits for a range of learning:

  • for people with partial deafness (Alexa’s volume will help);
  • for people with partial visibility; asking for help whilst controlling the situation themselves and not having to rely on others;
  • to complement more formal learning;
  • as a general informal way of learning – leisure learning;
  • to directly support and complement a learning session, where for example Alexa is asked a term to be described whilst a learner is studying some main text – this will help a learner stay focused on their text without having to be diverted away searching the Web or other reference material.

Straight away a range of possibilities, but what will turn out to be the killer application is anyone’s guess. Still, it’s certainly worth learning Voice Design, if only as a way to add to ones cv and skills bank.

Chris Gray, 18th March, 2018