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Skills

Announcing the Partridge Quotes Alexa skill

Our newest skill – Partridge Quotes – is now live and brings some classic Alan Partridge one-liners to Alexa. Jurassic Park!

Alexa, ask Partridge Quotes for a classic line

Alexa will respond with a classic quote from one of the original Partridge programmes: The Day Today, Knowing Me Knowing You and I’m Alan Partridge.

As with all our Alexa projects, the skill runs on AWS’s serverless compute platform, Lambda, with S3 used to store the audio to ensure it is always available, scalable and secure.

You can find the Partridge Quotes Alexa skill in the skill store.

Support for using the skill is available in our Support centre.

Announcing the Waverley Bins Alexa skill

We are very pleased to announce our newest custom Alexa Skill – Waverley Bins – which lets residents of Waverley check their bin day using Alexa.

Alexa, ask Waverley Bins for my next bin day.

Alexa will respond with the next bin collection date and the bin colour due that day.

Users can also ask Alexa when their blue or black bin is being emptied.

Alexa, ask Waverley Bins when my blue bin will be emptied.

The skill covers over 3,500 Waverley postcodes and takes into account the special collection days over the Christmas period.

As with all our Alexa projects, the skill runs on AWS’s serverless compute platform, Lambda, to ensure it is always available, scalable and secure.

The skill uses the postcode associated with the device to seamlessly work out the correct bin day. Privacy is very important to us and we do not store this or access any other personal information.

You can find the Waverley Bins Alexa skill in the Skills Store.

Support for using the skill is available in our Support centre.

Announcing the Bramley Golf Club skill

We’re very pleased to have launched our first custom Alexa Skill for Bramley Golf Club!

The skill lets golfers find out if the course is open, gives them the current course status & buggy policy and lets them check the weather forecast.

Alexa, ask Bramley Golf Club if the course is open.

The Bramley Golf Club Alexa skill checks the club website every 15 minutes to make sure the course status is always up to date and uses a weather API to give the latest forecast.

As with all our Alexa projects, the skill runs on AWS’s serverless compute platform, Lambda, to ensure it is always available, scalable and secure. The course status and forecast are cached on AWS S3 to ensure efficiency and performance rather than checking the club website or weather API for every invocation.

Alexa, ask Bramley Golf Club for the weather forecast.

You can find the Bramley Golf Club Alexa skill in the Skills Store:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07HRR961L