Texas Instruments Speak & Spell (Type 3)

Date of introduction:  1986 Display technology:  Fluorescent
New price:  Libraries: $17.95 Display size:  9 alphanumeric
Size:  10.0" x 7.0" x  1.3" 
 254 x 177 x 34 mm3
Weight:  16.7 ounces, 474 grams Serial No:  
Batteries:  4*C cells Date of manufacture:  wk 29 year 1989
AC-Adapter:  AC9199 Origin of manufacture:  USA
Precision:   Integrated circuits:  TMC0271, TMC0281 (CD2801), CD2350A
Program steps:   Courtesy of:  Joerg Woerner
    Download manual:   (US: 1.8 MByte)
  (US: 10.0 MByte)

This Speak & Spell model from the year 1986 got a slightly changed keyboard design please notice the small TI logo. We know three different designs:

Version Manufactured Keyboard TI logo
Type 1 1978-1980 Button big
Type 2 1980-1985 Membrane big
Type 3 1986-1990 Membrane small

The same technology like this Speak & Spell was used in two other products: Speak & Read and Speak & Math. View the more serious Language products like the Language Tutor.

For the United Kingdom market Texas Instruments just changed the Speech-ROM's and created the Speak & Spell (English Voice), while Radio Shack sold the product as Spellmaster.

Later in 1989 the Super Speak & Spell was introduced with a multiline LC-display. Another two years later marketing decided to switch back to the original housing. View the wonderful Super Speak & Spell (91) and don't miss the wonderful "Professor" sold in China.

Dont't miss the appearance of the Speak & Spell in the movie E.T. - The Extra-Terrestrial. Do you know Qubais Reed Ghazala? Get more tunes from your Speak & Spell with circuit-bending.

In 1986 we knew a total of 10 different plug-in modules for the Speak & Spell, a comprehensive overview including the wordlists could be found here

The Speak & Spell is featured in the Texas Instruments Incorporated leaflet Follow the Learning Path dated 1991.

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Joerg Woerner, December 5, 2001. No reprints without written permission.