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Understand How a Smart Home Skill Works

An Alexa smart home ecosystem contains the following:

  • Customer:  The person interacting with the Alexa-enabled device and owner of cloud-enabled devices
  • The Smart Home Skill API:  A service that understands the voice commands and converts them to directives (JSON messages) that are sent to smart home skills
  •  AWS Lambda:  A compute service offered by Amazon Web Services (AWS) that hosts the smart home skill code, which is called a skill adapter
  • Smart home skill: Code and configuration that interpret directives and send messages to a device cloud
  • Device cloud: The cloud environment provided by a device vendor that controls and manages the customer’s cloud-enabled devices

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