Texas Instruments Storytime Sorter

Date of introduction:  1992 Display technology:  
New price:  $25.46 (1992) Display size:  n.a.
Size:  10.6" x 10.2" x 7.2"    
Weight:  3 pounds Serial No:  
Batteries:  4*AA cells Date of manufacture:  mth 04 year 1993
AC-Adapter:   Origin of manufacture:  China
Precision:   Integrated circuits:  TSP50C11 (CSM11125)
Program steps:   Courtesy of:  Joerg Woerner

The Talking Storytime Sorter followed the Talking Peek-A-Boo Zoo and used similar technology.

Talking Storytime helps infants and toddlers learn sorting and color-recognition skills. It helps to develop hand-eye coordination, motor and auditory memory skills through repetition and reward. Each sorting shape has its own color, shape and personality. The integrated speech synthesizer stores over 20 spoken phrases, music and sound effects to entertain and reward baby. Pressing one of the three switches releases the shape and activates either a voice or tune.

Dismantling this Talking Storytime manufactured in April 1993 by (or for) Texas Instruments in China reveals a technology very similar to the various Touch & Talkies. The design of the Talking Storytime is centered around a TSP50C11 Voice Synthesis Processor (VSP) and makes use of just one Integrated Circuit:

TSP50C11/CSM11125: 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 12 to 36 month.

Other toys for toddlers are the Discovery Depot, Listen & Learn, Magic Clown, Magic Sorter and the My Own Playphone.

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Joerg Woerner   December 21, 2002. No reprints without written permission.