Texas Instruments Le Zoo Magique

Date of introduction:  1990 Display technology:  
New price:   Display size:  n.a.
Size:  13.4" x 13.4" x 3.7"    
Weight:  2 pounds 11 ounces Serial No:  
Batteries:  4*AA cells Date of manufacture:  mth 07 year 1991
AC-Adapter:   Origin of manufacture:  China (A)
Precision:   Integrated circuits:  TSP50C11 (CSM11xxx)
Program steps:   Courtesy of:  Joerg Woerner

Nothing else than a French edition of the Talking Peek-A-Boo Zoo.

Dismantling this Peek-A-Boo Zoo manufactured in 1991 by (or for) Texas Instruments in China reveals a technology very similar to the various Touch & Talkies. The design of the Peek-A-Boo Zoo is centered around a TSP50C11 Voice Synthesis Processor (VSP) and makes use of just one Integrated Circuit:

TSP50C11/CSM11xxx: TSP50C50 VSP (Voice Synthesis Processor) with 8-bit microcontroller and 16k Bytes Mask ROM for both program and voice and 128 Bytes + 16 Nibbles RAM

The toy is intended for toddlers ages 9 to 36 month.

The toy was available in a lot of different languages:

American Voice: Peek-A-Boo Zoo
Spanish Voice: El Zoo Mágico
French Voice: Le Zoo Magique
British Voice: Talking Peep-O Zoo

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© Joerg WoernerFebruary 2, 2005. No reprints without written permission.