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Tones

One feature that would help with 3rd party integration would be if Echo could recognize and play touchtones of the same frequency and responsiveness as phones. This could be used for non-intrusive data transfer between devices and skills. Sort of like a QR code is used for transfer of basic data through the camera. Say, for example, your skill could add into the output stream TOUCH1 TOUCH3 TOUCH8 TOUCH7 and the Echo would play those tones. Similarly, when it hears a tone it could insert it into the text stream as the same. Or even a special slot type for tones. That would make it a lot easier to, say, transfer a calendar entry from your phone to the Echo. A related request would be to make up for the lack of streaming music by allowing midi-like instructions to be sent down to the Echo. At the simplest level, a single channel midi sequence contains pairs of pitches and durations. So, say, you could insert MIDI-47-100 MIDI-45-100 MIDI-43-100 MIDI-45-100 MIDI-47-90 MIDI-0-10 MIDI-47-90 MIDI-0-10 MIDI-47-200 to play "Mary had a little lamb". The 8000 character limit would keep a skill from being too obnoxious. And just a little bit of color would dramatically enhance the expressiveness of skills. (Incidentally, with a pitch of 0 you would also address the frequent request to be able to add pauses!)
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