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Speak & Spell is back in all its ’80s glory

Well, the ’80s. Some time before the modern internet invaded our homes and took over our lives. Everything is simpler, and the toy is rad.

Speak & Spell Is Returning in All Its '80s Glory
Speak & Spell Is Returning in All Its ’80s Glory

If you were a child (or knew a child) in the ’80s, you may remember Speak & Spell. It was Texas Instruments’ children’s handheld computer that helped them learn to spell. The part you can remember the most is the robot-like synthetic voice.

Yes, good news and bad news. Basic Fun is reviving Speak & Spell in 2019, but the voice won’t come with it. The updated computer will include everything else you remember, including games, screens (with modern LCD screens) and the familiar orange, yellow, and blue design.

The old TMS1000 chip inside speak & spell originally could only synthesize about 200 words. Space won’t be a problem with Basic Fun’s model, so the recorded voice will just be like being synthesized — for novel purposes.

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