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Texas Instruments Electronic Toys (1978-Present)

Texas Instruments Electronic Toys (1978-Present)

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Texas Instruments Speak & Spell

The Speak & Spell was a line of child educational toys produced by Texas Instruments. The first Speak & Spell was unveiled at the summer Consumer Electronics Show in 1978. It was one of the first handheld electronic devices with a screen to use interchangeable cartridges. The original Speak & Spell had a chiclet keyboard, and the first redesign happened in 1980, changing the chiclet keyboard to a membrane keyboard. The Speak & Spell was redesigned many times until the last redesign in 1992. In 1980, TI released the successors to the Speak & Spell, Speak & Math and Speak and Read. In 2019, Basic Fun brought back the Speak & Spell with some minor changes. It was also featured prominently in the 1982 movie, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, as the device used to "Phone Home". 

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Texas Instruments Computer Fun!

Also seen here is the Texas Instruments Computer Fun! released in July 1990. It had an LCD screen and was very similar to the Speak & Spell.

Texas Instruments Little Professor

The Little Professor is a backwards functioning calculator that instead of giving the answer to a mathematical equation, it asks the user the question to answer. It was intended for ages 5-9 and was released in 1976 for a price of $20. It was the first electronic educational toy and sold 1 million units by 1977. 

Computer Fun! & Little Professor Donated by: Chris K. 

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