DATAMATH CALCULATOR MUSEUM
Texas Instruments Le Livre Magique
|Date of introduction:||1981||Display technology:||n.a.|
|New price:||Display size:|
|Size:||10" x 14.5" x 1.6"|
|Weight:||2 pounds 4 ounces||Serial No:|
|Batteries:||2*D cells||Date of manufacture:||wk 38 year 1983|
|AC-Adapter:||Origin of manufacture:||USA|
|Precision:||Integrated circuits:|| CD8012, CD2802
|Program steps:||Courtesy of:||Joerg Woerner|
Nothing else than a Touch & Tell with French voices stored in the Speech-ROM.
The pictured Le Livre Magique was manufactured already in 1983 and makes use of a simple approach: The printed circuit board (PCB) is identical with the Touch & Tell introduced one year earlier but lacks the Speech-ROM. Instead of it the Expansion Port of the toy is populated with a small, white module.
module looks like the well known Expansion-ROM's of the original Touch &
Removing the cover of the module reveals with the TMC0350 (CD62171) the well known Voice Synthesis Memory (VSM) family introduced with the first version of the Speak & Spell. The "Custom Design 62171" holds obviously the French voice of the Le Livre Magique.
Later models of the Le Livre
Magique include the same Speech-ROM on the main printed circuit board
The next evolution steps are the more advanced Le Super Livre Magique and the La Lecture Magique introducing two position sensitive keyboards in a foldable housing to accept small booklets.
Texas Instruments stopped the development of this educational line in 1993 with the cute Le Petit Ours Magique.
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© Joerg Woerner, January 30, 2005. No reprints without written permission.