Texas Instruments Touch & Tell

Date of introduction:  1981 Display technology:  n.a.
New price:  $38.25 (1992)
 Libraries: $17.95
Display size:  
Size:  10.0" x 14.3" x  1.6" 
 254 x 362 x 41 mm3
Weight:  36.5 ounces, 1034 grams Serial No:  
Batteries:  2*D cells Date of manufacture:  wk 26 year 1988
AC-Adapter:   Origin of manufacture:  USA
Precision:   Integrated circuits:  CD8012, CD2802, CD2610
Program steps:   Courtesy of:  Joerg Woerner
    Download manual: (Overlays)   (US: 6.2M Bytes)

TouchnTell_PCB.jpg (116878 Byte)Shortly after the introduction of the Speak & Spell line Texas Instruments introduced with the Touch & Tell a novel product idea with their speech synthesizer technology. You place one of different pictures onto a position sensitive keyboard and start the game. Touch & Tell will ask you a random question and you point the solution with your fingertip on the picture. To keep the youngsters interested, musical tones and special sound effects appear.

Dismantling this Touch & Tell manufactured in June 1988 by Texas Instruments in the United States reveals a design centered around three Integrated Circuits:

CD8012: 4-bit TMS1100 microcontroller with 2k Bytes ROM and 128*4 Bits RAM
TMC0280/CD2802: TMS5110A VSP (Voice Synthesis Processor)
TMC0355/CD2601: VSM (Voice Synthesis Memory) with 16k Bits capacity

This educational toy was rated by Texas Instruments for children aged between 2 and 5 years.

Do you know Qubais Reed Ghazala ? Get more tunes from your Touch & Tell with circuit-bending.

The same housing and technology was used for a medical aid, the Vocaid for the mute peoples.

Texas Instruments developed some country specific versions of the Touch & Tell, currently we know:

Country Name Speech ROM
US Touch & Tell CD2610
UK Touch & Tell CD62170
France Le Livre Magique CD62171
Germany Tipp & Sprich CD62172
Italy Libro Parlante CD62176

A more advanced game was introduced with the Touch & Discover and a similar idea realized without any keyboard with the Voyager game.

Few years later Texas Instruments introduced the Super Speak & Read game with two position sensitive keyboards and the smaller Teddy Touch & Tell.

Seven different Touch & Tell Picture Panel Libraries with a SRP of $17.95 each are known:

Name Decription Module Overlays
Alphabet Fun Helps children learn to identify letters of the alphabet and objects that begin with those letters. Also demonstrates the differences between small and capital letters. AlphabetFun_Module.jpg (50985 Byte)
(US: 9.2M Bytes)
Animal Friends Lions really roar and turkeys go gobble-gobble as your children learns the names and "voices" of farm animals, wild animals and baby animals like kittens, puppies, piglets and lambs. AnimalFriends_Module.jpg (56519 Byte)
(US: 9.3M Bytes)
All About Me Adds important words to young vocabularies by teaching the identification of articles of clothing, several types of toys, and parts of the body such as eye, ear and nose. AllAboutMe_Module.jpg (57704 Byte)
(US: 7.4M Bytes)
Number Fun Teaches the recognition of numbers up to 30 - and the concept of quantity for numbers from 1 to 8. Helps build a vocabulary capable of distinguishing between "two cats" and "four cats". NumberFun_Module.jpg (60276 Byte)
(US: 8.5 MByte)
Little Creatures Develops greater knowledge of nature by introducing the names of small animals and their "houses" - in parks, woods and oceans. Teaches such associations as nest/bird and hive/bee. LittleCreatures_Module.jpg (51720 Byte)
(US: 17.8M Bytes)
World of Transportation The fire truck's siren and rocket's rattling roar invite an exploration of methods of transportation - by land, sea, air and space - from motorcycles to message-sending satellites. WorldOfTransportation_Module.jpg (58994 Byte)
(US: 17.8M Bytes)
E.T.  Introduces character recognition and simple object identification. Recall and comprehension of key events from the movie are encouraged. ET_Module.jpg (20663 Byte)
(US: 8.0M Bytes)

The Touch & Tell is featured in the Texas Instruments Incorporated leaflet Follow the Learning Path dated 1991.

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If you have additions to the above article please email:

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