Texas Instruments Touch & Discover

Date of introduction:  1987 Display technology:  n.a.
New price:  $65.00 (1987)
 $46.75 (1992)
 Libraries: $19.95
Display size:  
Size:  11.6" x 11.7" x  2.7" 
 295 x 298 x 69 mm3
Weight:  30.9 ounces, 876 grams Serial No:  
Batteries:  4*AA cells Date of manufacture:  wk 02 year 1990
AC-Adapter:   Origin of manufacture:  USA
Precision:   Integrated circuits:  TSP50C42 (CSM42005),
 TSP60C19 (CMM19002) or
 TSP60C21 (CMM21002) or 
Module:TSP60C21 (CM21004)
Program steps:   Courtesy of:  Joerg Woerner
Download leaflet:   (US: 1.1M Bytes)    

TouchnDiscover_3.jpg (142521 Byte)The wonderful Touch & Discover game combines the position sensitive keyboard design on the previous Touch & Tell with the enhanced speech synthesizer technology of the Super Speak & Spell

The idea of the product is simple: Switch the game on and wait for the instructions. The only thing you need is your fingertip.

TouchnDiscover_PCB.jpg (124260 Byte)Dismantling this Touch & Discover manufactured in January 1990 by Texas Instruments in the United States reveals a very well engineered printed circuit board (PCB) with just two Integrated Circuits:

TSP50C42/CSM42005: 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
TSP60C19/CMM19002 or TSP60C21/CMM21002: VSM (Voice Synthesis Memory) with 256k Bits

Forty entertaining, educational activities featuring favorite Walt Disney characters were available for the Touch & Discover educational product. Eight of these activities come with the Touch & Discover and thirty-two activities were available in two expansion packs:

New Discoveries
Advanced Discoveries

TouchnDiscover_1.jpg (17685 Byte)Each expansion pack contains a cartridge and a set of educational Disney picture panels. 

TouchnDiscover_PCB.jpg (19573 Byte)The cartridge itself uses a Speech-ROM TSP60C21 with a capacity of 256k Bits connected to the expansion port of the Touch & Discover.

The toy is intended for players ages 2 to 5.

Don't miss the rare Touch & Discover School Edition.

Few years later Texas Instruments introduced the smaller Teddy Touch & Tell.

Don't miss the El Super Libro Mágico with its wonderful Spanish language, the Italian speaking Super Libro Parlante and the French speaking Le Super Livre Magique.

List of all forty activities:

(Built In)
Activity New Discoveries Activity Advanced Discoveries Activity
1 Alphabet (a-m) 9 Body Parts 25 Capital Letters: The Alphabet (A-M)
2 Alphabet (n-z) 10 Face Parts 26 Capital Letters: (N-Z)
3 Colors 11 Primary and 
Secondary Colors
27 Weather and Seasons
4 Shapes 12 Mothers and Babies 28 Jungle Animals
5 Number Sequencing 
(0 - 10)
13 Farm Animals 29 Matching Patterns
6 Numerical Quantity/Counting  14 One More or Less 30 Who Comes Next ?
7 Forest Animals 15 Animal Match 31 What Number 
Comes Next ?
8 Auditory Memory 
"Singing Fun"
16 Parts and Whole 32 Character Memory
    17 Counting by Twos 33 Signs and Symbols
    18 Beginning, Middle and End 34 Equipment We Need
    19 Birthday Party 35 Compass Directions
    20 Moods and Feelings 36 Ocean Animals
    21 Action Words 37 Music Fun
    22 Where Things Are 38 Shadow Match
    23 Clothes We Wear 39 Transportation
    24 Sounds We Hear 40 Telling Time

© The Walt Disney Company

The Touch & Discover is featured in the Texas Instruments Incorporated bulletin CL-974 dated 1988 and in the Texas Instruments Incorporated leaflet Follow the Learning Path™ dated 1991.


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