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Texas Instruments Mouse Computer

Date of introduction:  1992 Display technology:  LCD
New price:  $42.50 (1992) Display size:  Graphics
Size:  10.8" x 11.0" x 7.0"
 274 x 278 x 178 mm3
   
Weight:  29.4 ounces, 834 grams Serial No:  5181571
Batteries:  4*AA cells Date of manufacture:  wk 25 year 1993
AC-Adapter:   Origin of manufacture:  USA
Precision:   Integrated circuits:  TSP50C11 (CSM11128A),
 HD44780
Memories:      
Program steps:   Courtesy of:  Joerg Woerner
    Download manuals:   (US: 3.7M Bytes)
  (DE: 5.0M Bytes)

Texas Instruments introduced with the Talking Master Mouse Computer the first kids' computer with a real working mouse. 

This Mouse Computer sold in Germany looks very similar but uses a German voice. Please notice the unusual position of the "Z"-key. In France it was sold as L'Ordinateur Magique.

The screen of the Mouse Computer holds one of 10 activity cards. The 24 different activity choices offer a wide range of challenge levels and include engaging topics such as

Next Letter
Hidden Word
Counting
Guess My Number

and more.

The toy is intended for players ages 4 and up.

The Mouse Computer is a perfect combination of TI's superb speech synthesizer technology known from products like the Super Speak & Spell and the appearance of a small notebook.

Dismantling this Mouse Computer manufactured in June 1993 by Texas Instruments in the United States for the German speaking market reveals a rather complex printed circuit board (PCB). The design of the Computer Fun is centered around two different Integrated Circuits:

TSP50C11/CSM11128A: 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
Hitachi HD44780: LCD Controller for monochrome dot matrix liquid crystal display with 8-bit Interface



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If you have additions to the above article please email: joerg@datamath.org.

Joerg Woerner, September 28, 2002. No reprints without written permission.