Texas Instruments MAGIC WAND  Speak & Learn

Date of introduction:  1983 Display technology:  n.a.
New price:  $120.00
 Books: $12.00
Display size:  
Size:  11.0" x 11-0" x 2.3"    
Weight:  26 ounces Serial No:  
Batteries:  4*D cells Date of manufacture:  wk 46 year 1983
AC-Adapter:   Origin of manufacture:  USA
Precision:   Integrated circuits:  C14007, TMS5220, CD2228
Program steps:   Courtesy of:  Joerg Woerner

The MAGIC WAND "SPEAK & LEARN" followed the original "SPEAKING READER" within a few months from its introduction.

MagicWand_LABEL.jpg (71702 Byte)The only change we discovered so far is the label on the housing of the product.

Find some additional pictures of the Magic Wand and discover its amazing technology:

The barcode reader (wand) outside the holster. It is attached to a long cable to reach the huge book.
A side view of the barcode reader. The black tip on the right is made from infrared transmissive plastic. Inside you will find a Infrared LED as transmitter and a transistor as receiver.
Click on the picture to view the related book.

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This picture gives you a view of the opened book. The barcodes are entered from the left to the right.

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One page of the book with all the barcodes printed.
The printed circuit board (PCB) of the Spaek & learn ressembles the latest edition of the TMS5220 speech synthesizer technology. SpeaknLearn_PCB.jpg (72960 Byte)

Unfortunately released Texas Instruments never a list of the available barcode-books of the MAGIC WAND Speak & Learn but fellow collector James Townsend compiles it himself. 

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Joerg Woerner, December 5, 2001. No reprints without written permission.