Texas Instruments Ready...Set...Read!

Date of introduction:  1988 Display technology:  n.a.
New price:  Libraries: $19.95 Display size:  
Size:  12.0" x 21.5" x 1.7"    
Weight:  2 pounds 13 ounces Serial No:  
Batteries:  4*AA cells Date of manufacture:  year 1988
AC-Adapter:   Origin of manufacture:  USA
Precision:   Integrated circuits:  TSP50C42 (CSM42008),
 TSP60C80 (CMM80002)
 Module: TSP60C21
Program steps:   Courtesy of:  Joerg Woerner
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Texas Instruments introduced with the Ready...Set...Read! a combination of the previous Speak & Read and the position sensitive keyboard of the Touch & Tell game. The game could be opened and one of the supplied small booklets inserted. The integrated voice synthesizer will ask you different questions and you have to show with your fingertip the answers. 

Dismantling a Ready...Set...Read! manufactured in 1988 by Texas Instruments in the United States reveals a very efficient internal construction centered around a TSP50C4X Speech Synthesizer and supported with a TSP60C80 Speech-ROM.

We located on the double-sided printed circuit board (PCB) just two Integrated Circuits:

TSP50C42/CSM42008: TSP50C50 VSP (Voice Synthesis Processor) with 8-bit microcontroller and 8k Bytes Mask ROM for both program and voice and 128 Bytes + 16 Nibbles RAM
TSP60C80/CMM80002: VSM (Voice Synthesis Memory) with 1024k Bits

The Ready...Set...Read! uses exchangeable Speech-ROMs in an expansion port. Each of them corresponds to a set of different booklets.

18 different booklets are known:

Name Books Words Description Module Word List
Basic set
1..4 169  1: Let's play
 2: The Old Woman in the Shoe
 3: Lucy's Pockets
 4: Fe Fi Fo Fum

  Included  in Unit
Reading Fun 1 Expansion Pack
5..11 169  5: Big and Little ABC's
 6: Baa Baa Black Sheep
 7: Andy Pandy's Candy
 8: Acka Backa Boo & The Magic Word Stories
 9: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star & Fat Yaks Stories
10: Alikazam Kazoo
11: One Two, Buckle My Shoe
Reading Fun 2 Expansion Pack
12..18 169 12: The Purple Cow
13: Magic E
14: Dirty Bill & The Monster Stories
15: Teddy Bear Teddy Bear
16: Wiggle Waggle Jelly-beans
17: Apples and Bananas
18: Hink Pink

Up to now we don't know the differences to the Super Speak & Read.

The picture on the left side displays the game in the closed state. Find a picture of the opened toy here.

The Ready...Set...Read! got later a smaller sibling with identical booklets and hardware, the Magic Reading Desk.

The Ready...Set...Read! is featured in the Texas Instruments Incorporated bulletin CL-974 dated 1988.


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Joerg Woerner, December 15, 2001. No reprints without written permission.