As well as launching revamped versions of its Echo products and announcing completely new hardware including a clock, a security camera, a smart plug and a microwave, Amazon has unveiled new and updated developer tools, currently in Preview.
The updated Smart Home Skill API extends voice control to any device, from the simplest wall plug to the most complex appliance, and to any feature of the device. Amazon has added Toggle, Range, and Mode capability interfaces, which can be used like building blocks to model the full feature set of devices. These new capabilities can be customized to provide native integration for settings or features of a device that follow an on/off, numeric, or enumeration pattern.
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