William Stuart Systems Chatterbox

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The Chatterbox is a speech synthesis unit that was made by William Stuart Systems and retailed for £50. It was supplied with a variety of leads to fit a number of popular computers; the included documentation also gave pinout information so you could wire your own interface. On top of the unit is a DIN socket for inputting simultaneous audio signals, output sockets for connection to a loudspeaker or amplifier, and a DIN socket to interface the Chatterbox with William Stuart's Big Ears speech recognition device.

The Chatterbox behaved as an output device; power could supplied from on-board your computer and the unit used no memory, apart from that required by the software the user would need to write. Comprehensive interfacing information was given in the documentation.

The sound of the device was basic, there were no facilities, either in hardware or software, to handle volume, filtering, pitch or rate.

Date : 1983

Manufacturer : William Stuart Systems

Format : Speech synthesizer

Physical Description : Chatterbox unit DIN cable

This exhibit has a reference ID of CH43824. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.

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