DATAMATH CALCULATOR MUSEUM
Texas Instruments Touch & Talkies "Silly Soundstage"
|Date of introduction:||1993||Display technology:|
|New price:||Display size:||n.a.|
|Size:||11.2" x 6.5" x 1.5"|
|Weight:||14 ounces||Serial No:|
|Batteries:||4*AA cells||Date of manufacture:||year 1993|
|AC-Adapter:||Origin of manufacture:||China|
|Program steps:||Courtesy of:||Joerg Woerner|
You are right, this is definite no electronic calculator. This funny game demonstrates the possibilities of the speech technology introduced with the Speak & Spell and later enhanced with the Super Speak & Spell.
The Touch & Talkies game uses the names of some Walt Disney figures to teach numbers, clothes, faces and some other simple things.
A slightly modifies housing was used on the funny "Shuttle Buddies", "Wordy Wagon" or the "Crazy Clubhouse".
The speech synthesizer used with this game and its sibling Teddy Touch & Tell dated 1993 is much more economical than the design of the original Speak & Spell but yet improved the quality of the voices. The design of the Teddy Touch & Tell is centered around a TSP50C14 Voice Synthesis Processor (VSP) and makes use of just one Integrated Circuit:
|• TSP50C14/CSM14xxx: TSP50C50 VSP (Voice Synthesis Processor) with 8-bit microcontroller and 16k Bytes Mask ROM for both program and voice and 64 Bytes + 16 Nibbles RAM|
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© Joerg Woerner, December 5, 2001. No reprints without written permission.