DATAMATH CALCULATOR MUSEUM
Texas Instruments Touch & Tell
|Date of introduction:||1981||Display technology:||n.a.|
|New price:|| $38.25 (1992)
|Size:|| 10.0" x 14.3" x 1.6"
254 x 362 x 41 mm3
|Weight:||36.5 ounces, 1034 grams||Serial No:|
|Batteries:||2*D cells||Date of manufacture:||wk 26 year 1988|
|AC-Adapter:||Origin of manufacture:||USA|
|Precision:||Integrated circuits:||CD8012, CD2802, CD2610|
|Program steps:||Courtesy of:||Joerg Woerner|
|Download manual: (Overlays)||(US: 6.2M Bytes)|
after the introduction of the Speak & Spell line Texas Instruments
introduced with the Touch & Tell a novel product idea with their speech synthesizer technology.
You place one of different pictures onto a position sensitive keyboard and start
the game. Touch & Tell will ask you a random question and you point the
solution with your fingertip on the picture. To keep the youngsters interested,
musical tones and special sound effects appear.
Dismantling this Touch & Tell manufactured in June 1988 by Texas Instruments in the United States reveals a design centered around three Integrated Circuits:
• CD8012: 4-bit
TMS1100 microcontroller with 2k Bytes ROM and 128*4 Bits RAM
• TMC0280/CD2802: TMS5110A VSP (Voice Synthesis Processor)
• TMC0355/CD2601: VSM (Voice Synthesis Memory) with 16k Bits capacity
This educational toy was rated by Texas Instruments for children aged between 2 and 5 years.
Do you know Qubais Reed Ghazala ? Get more tunes from your Touch & Tell with circuit-bending.
The same housing and technology was used for a medical aid, the Vocaid for the mute peoples.
Texas Instruments developed some country specific versions of the Touch & Tell, currently we know:
|US||Touch & Tell||CD2610|
|UK||Touch & Tell||CD62170|
|France||Le Livre Magique||CD62171|
|Germany||Tipp & Sprich||CD62172|
A more advanced game was introduced with the Touch & Discover and a similar idea realized without any keyboard with the Voyager game.
Few years later Texas Instruments introduced the Super
Speak & Read game with two position sensitive keyboards and the smaller Teddy
Touch & Tell.
Seven different Touch & Tell Picture Panel Libraries with a SRP of $17.95 each are known:
|Alphabet Fun||Helps children learn to identify letters of the alphabet and objects that begin with those letters. Also demonstrates the differences between small and capital letters.||
(US: 9.2M Bytes)
|Animal Friends||Lions really roar and turkeys go gobble-gobble as your children learns the names and "voices" of farm animals, wild animals and baby animals like kittens, puppies, piglets and lambs.||
(US: 9.3M Bytes)
|All About Me||Adds important words to young vocabularies by teaching the identification of articles of clothing, several types of toys, and parts of the body such as eye, ear and nose.||
(US: 7.4M Bytes)
|Number Fun||Teaches the recognition of numbers up to 30 - and the concept of quantity for numbers from 1 to 8. Helps build a vocabulary capable of distinguishing between "two cats" and "four cats".||
(US: 8.5 MByte)
|Little Creatures||Develops greater knowledge of nature by introducing the names of small animals and their "houses" - in parks, woods and oceans. Teaches such associations as nest/bird and hive/bee.||
(US: 17.8M Bytes)
|World of Transportation||The fire truck's siren and rocket's rattling roar invite an exploration of methods of transportation - by land, sea, air and space - from motorcycles to message-sending satellites.||
(US: 17.8M Bytes)
|E.T.||Introduces character recognition and simple object identification. Recall and comprehension of key events from the movie are encouraged.||
(US: 8.0M Bytes)
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© Joerg Woerner, December 5, 2001. No reprints without written permission.