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Texas Instruments Ready...Set...Read!

Date of introduction:  1988 Display technology:  n.a.
New price:  Libraries: $19.95 Display size:  
Size:  12.0" x 21.5" x 1.7"    
Weight:  2 pounds 13 ounces Serial No:  
Batteries:  4*AA cells Date of manufacture:  year 1988
AC-Adapter:   Origin of manufacture:  USA
Precision:   Integrated circuits:  TSP50C42 (CSM42008),
 TSP60C80 (CMM80002)
 Module: TSP60C21
Memories:      
Program steps:   Courtesy of:  Joerg Woerner
Download leaflet:   (US: 1.0 MByte)    

Texas Instruments introduced with the Ready...Set...Read! a combination of the previous Speak & Read and the position sensitive keyboard of the Touch & Tell game. The game could be opened and one of the supplied small booklets inserted. The integrated voice synthesizer will ask you different questions and you have to show with your fingertip the answers. 

The Ready...Set...Read ! uses exchangable Speech-ROM's in an expansion port. Each of them corresponds to a set of different booklets.

18 different booklets are known :

bulletBlue: Basic set (1..4)
bulletOrange: Reading Fun 1 Expansion Pack (5..11)
bulletPurple: Reading Fun 2 Expansion Pack (12..18)

Up to now we don't know the differences to the Super Speak & Read.

The picture on the left side displays the game in the closed state. Find a picture of the opened toy here.

The Ready...Set...Read! got later a smaller sibbling with identical booklets and hardware, the Magic Reading Desk.

The Ready...Set...Read! is featured in the Texas Instruments Incorporated bulletin CL-974 dated 1988.

 

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If you have additions to the above article please email: joerg@datamath.org.

Joerg Woerner, December 15, 2001. No reprints without written permission.