Amazon has presented (through Engadget) a new set of tools for skill developers: the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK). It is a free repository of sound clips that developers can use to add enhance the skills they are creating for the company's intelligent assistant.
The skills come in 14 categories: Ambience, Animal, Battle, Cartoon, Foley, Home, Human, Impact, Magic, Musical, Nature, Office, SciFi and Transportation. Each category presents a variety of standard sounds, along with an SSML code that developers can insert into their skills code. Amazon suggests that sound fragments can be used to improve skills, such as using applause when someone answers a trivial question correctly, to add ambience to a story, or as an audible indicator when it commands you to do something, such as closing a door or adjusting the temperature in your house.