DATAMATH CALCULATOR MUSEUM
Texas Instruments Magic Melody
|Date of introduction:||1993||Display technology:|
|New price:||Display size:||n.a.|
|Size:|| 6.1" x 6.1" x
155 x 155 x 155 mm3
|Weight:||18.7 ounces, 530 grams||Serial No:|
|Batteries:||4*AA cells||Date of manufacture:|
|AC-Adapter:||Origin of manufacture:||China (A)|
|Program steps:||Courtesy of:|
|Download manual:||(DE: 2.0M Bytes)|
Nothing else than the Listen & Learn Nursery Rhymes introduced already in 1990.
Dismantling this Magic Melody manufactured in 1992 by (or for) Texas Instruments in China reveals a technology very similar to the various Touch & Talkies. The design of the Magic Melody Tell is centered around a TSP50C11 Voice Synthesis Processor (VSP) and makes use of just one Integrated Circuit:
|• TSP50C11/CSM11159: TSP50C50 VSP (Voice Synthesis Processor) with 8-bit microcontroller and 16k Bytes Mask ROM for both program and voice and 128 Bytes + 16 Nibbles RAM|
The Magic Melody plays 6 monophonic melodies and 6 sung German children songs using a the TSP50C11 single-chip speech synthesizer. The songs are selected by rotating the ball in a way that the picture of the selected song faces up.
6 monophonic, short German children song melodies:
• Ein Männlein steht im Walde
6 sung German children songs:
• Alle Vögel sind schon da
The toy is intended for toddlers ages 6 to 36 month.
Other toys for toddlers are the Peek-A-Boo
Zoo and the Magic Sorter.
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© Joerg Woerner, January 30, 2005. No reprints without written permission.