StarfishMint’s latest app is all about Life Hacks!!! We all have our little tips and tricks on ‘How To’ do things and get things fixed. So we decided that we should create an app where you can ask Amazon Alexa for these life hacks.

You can ask the skill anything:

  • “Alexa, ask life hacks How to open wine without corkscrew”
  • “Alexa, ask life hacks How to donate blood”
  • “Alexa, ask life hacks How to fold an origami squirrel”
  • “Alexa, ask life hacks How to clean my kettle”
  • “Alexa, ask life hacks How to get fit”
  • “Alexa, ask life hacks How to treat the flu”

Life Hacks – How does it work?

When we looked around, there is plenty of material already on the web from real people and we wanted to provide a platform for them to highlight the work they have done. So the next dilemma was how do we get the data from these websites and bring it to Alexa users?

To be able to search the internet and retrieve the best possible results, we are using the Microsoft Azure – Bing Web Search API. This enables us to search for keywords on targeted websites and created a parsing logic for each website in java. We rank the searches and find the best possible option for the user.

It searches for life hacks on websites like wikihow.com and eHow.com. Once a search matches to the user query then the website is parsed dynamically at runtime and voice content is created on the fly along with any image or video source (If available to display on devices with screens). This gives us access to almost 5 million life hacks on the web and you can request Alexa to read out any of these life hacks.

The image and video source is displayed on Alexa enabled devices including the Echo Spot and Echo Show

 How Easy is it to Use?

A common problem is that sometimes people forget or find it hard to invoke a skill. We have put together a basic video to help guide you!!

Life Hacks skill is available in several countries including, Australia, Canada, UK, India and USA.

This skill shows us how we can reuse website data, which means you create your content once and if you have structured data then we at StarfishMint can lift information from your website and turn it into a skill. If this is something that interests you and you would like help in creating your own personalised skill, then please contact us!!

To create your own skill from a website contact sales@starfishmint.com

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