Texas Instruments Discovery Depot

Date of introduction:  1994 Display technology:  
New price:   Display size:  n.a.
Size:  13.0" x 12.0" x 4.7"    
Weight:  2 pounds 6 ounces Serial No:  
Batteries:  4*C cells Date of manufacture:  year 1994
AC-Adapter:   Origin of manufacture:  Singapore
Precision:   Integrated circuits:  TSP50C14
Program steps:   Courtesy of:  Joerg Woerner
    Download manual:   (US: 1.2 MByte)

The Discovery Depot is another wonderful toy with lots of activities for the youngsters. 

DiscoveryDepot_2.jpg (86861 Byte)Main attraction is the moving train in the center of the game. Pushing the yellow throttle makes the train moving. The other activities include (clockwise from the handle):

bulletShatterproof mirror - "Peek-A-Boo. I see you."
bulletFriendly conductor - "I'm the conductor. Tickets, please."
bulletYellow whistle - Sounds like a train whistle.
bulletShapes - "Circle, Square, Triangle."
bulletRed note - Plays 6 different songs.
bulletBlue bell - "Ring-a-ling!"

DiscoveryDepot_1.jpg (114487 Byte)From a technical point of view the Discovery Depot is unique within TI's speech products. In addition to the common TSP50C14 integrated speech synthesizer based on the Speak & Spell developed more than 15 years before it adds a motor to move the train.

The toy is intended for toddlers ages 9 to 36 month. Other toys for toddlers are the Listen & Learn, Magic Clown, Magic Sorter, My Own Playphone, Peek-A-Boo Zoo and the Talking Storytime Sorter.

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Joerg Woerner, November 14, 2003. No reprints without written permission.