Texas Instruments introduced Speak & Spell
Texas Instruments Inc. introduced Speak & Spell, a talking learning aid for ages 7 and up. Its debut marked the first electronic duplication of the human vocal tract on a single chip of silicon. Speak & Spell utilized linear predictive coding to formulate a mathematical model of the human vocal tract and predict a speech sample based on previous input. It transformed digital information processed through a filter into synthetic speech and could store more than 100 seconds of linguistic sounds.
The four individuals who began the Speak & Spell program: were Gene Frantz, Richard Wiggins, Paul Breedlove, and George Brantingham.
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