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Texas Instruments Touch & Discover
|Date of introduction:||1987||Display technology:||n.a.|
|New price:|| $65.00 (1987)
|Size:|| 11.6" x 11.7" x
295 x 298 x 69 mm3
|Weight:||30.9 ounces, 876 grams||Serial No:|
|Batteries:||4*AA cells||Date of manufacture:||wk 02 year 1990|
|AC-Adapter:||Origin of manufacture:||USA|
|Precision:||Integrated circuits:|| TSP50C42 (CSM42005),
TSP60C19 (CMM19002) or
TSP60C21 (CMM21002) or
|Program steps:||Courtesy of:||Joerg Woerner|
|Download leaflet:||(US: 1.1M Bytes)|
wonderful Touch & Discover game combines the position sensitive keyboard
design on the previous Touch & Tell with the enhanced speech synthesizer
technology of the Super Speak & Spell.
The idea of the product is simple: Switch the game on and wait for the instructions. The only thing you need is your fingertip.
Dismantling this Touch & Discover manufactured in January 1990 by Texas Instruments in the United States reveals a very well engineered printed circuit board (PCB) with just two Integrated Circuits:
• TSP50C42/CSM42005: TSP50C50 VSP (Voice Synthesis Processor) with 8-bit microcontroller and 8k Bytes Mask ROM for both program and voice and
128 Bytes + 16 Nibbles RAM
• TSP60C19/CMM19002 or TSP60C21/CMM21002: VSM (Voice Synthesis Memory) with 256k Bits
Forty entertaining, educational activities featuring favorite Walt Disney characters were available for the Touch & Discover educational product. Eight of these activities come with the Touch & Discover and thirty-two activities were available in two expansion packs:
|• New Discoveries
• Advanced Discoveries
Each expansion pack contains a cartridge and a set of
educational Disney picture panels.
The cartridge itself uses a Speech-ROM TSP60C21 with a capacity of 256k Bits connected to the expansion port of the Touch & Discover.
The toy is intended for players ages 2 to 5.
Don't miss the rare Touch & Discover School Edition.
Few years later Texas Instruments introduced the smaller Teddy Touch & Tell.
Don't miss the El Super Libro
with its wonderful Spanish language, the Italian speaking Super
Libro Parlante and the French speaking Le
Super Livre Magique.
List of all forty activities:
|Activity||New Discoveries||Activity||Advanced Discoveries||Activity|
|1||Alphabet (a-m)||9||Body Parts||25||Capital Letters: The Alphabet (A-M)|
|2||Alphabet (n-z)||10||Face Parts||26||Capital Letters: (N-Z)|
|27||Weather and Seasons|
|4||Shapes||12||Mothers and Babies||28||Jungle Animals|
(0 - 10)
|13||Farm Animals||29||Matching Patterns|
|6||Numerical Quantity/Counting||14||One More or Less||30||Who Comes Next ?|
|7||Forest Animals||15||Animal Match||31||What Number
Comes Next ?
|16||Parts and Whole||32||Character Memory|
|17||Counting by Twos||33||Signs and Symbols|
|18||Beginning, Middle and End||34||Equipment We Need|
|19||Birthday Party||35||Compass Directions|
|20||Moods and Feelings||36||Ocean Animals|
|21||Action Words||37||Music Fun|
|22||Where Things Are||38||Shadow Match|
|23||Clothes We Wear||39||Transportation|
|24||Sounds We Hear||40||Telling Time|
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© Joerg Woerner, December 5, 2001. No reprints without written permission.