The Smart Home Skill API is a new addition to the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) that enables developers to add capabilities, or skills, to Alexa. Alexa provides a set of built-in smart home capabilities. Examples of these skills include the ability to turn on the lights or turn up the heat, among others. Customers can access these new abilities by asking Alexa questions or making requests.
STBL enables you to control connected smart home devices via voice. Now you can easily teach Alexa how to control your cloud-controlled lighting and thermostat devices so customers can simply say, “Alexa, turn on the kitchen lights” or “Alexa, turn up the heat.” When you use the Smart Home Skill API, you can connect directly to these capabilities so that customers can control their lights, switches, smart plugs or thermostats—without lifting a finger.