Botsquad bots can be used to power Custom Skills on the Amazon Alexa range of devices.
To hook your Botsquad bot to an Alexa skill, you need to do the following things in the Alexa developer console:
- Go to Build → Endpoint, select HTTPS as Service Endpoint Type, and set the endpoint URL for the default region to the value that can be seen on the "Alexa settings" page in Botsquad. The URL looks like this:
Go to Build → Interaction Model → JSON Editor, paste the JSON code for the interaction model as can be found on the studio's Alexa settings page.
Go to Invocation and change the default skill invocation.
Click Save Model, and, after the saving is done, Build Model. Wait a bit while Alexa is training the interaction model.
When the training is done, go to Test in the main menu and start interacting with your bot!
If Alexa catches a word like "stop" or "please shut up", or any other message
that indicates that the user wants to exit the skill, the
$stop event is sent
to the Botsquad bot. You can respond with a short message but must make sure
that your bot indeed stops talking afterwards:
dialog event: "$stop" do say "Alright, see you next time." stop end
"Deep linking" into your skill - the trigger query¶
It is possible to launch your skill by saying
something like: "Alexa, ask my action about the
weather". In this case, your skill is invoked with the
dialog, but the variable
query.trigger is filled with the part of
the prompt after about, in this case, it will contain
dialog main when query.trigger do say "Welcome to your action." # dispatch the query internally to the intent matcher invoke message: query.trigger end dialog trigger: "weather" do say "So you want to talk about the weather..." end