Children's educational toy which plays 5 spelling games. Utilizes speech technology.
Date of manufacture: 1978 (per copyright on face)
Power: 4 C batteries, or 6 VDC input (on right side of unit)
Sound Output: Built-in speaker on face, or headphone jack on left side of unit (right side on later models).
Display: Vacuum Flourescent Display (VFD)?
Keyboard: Raised buttons on earlier models, membrane on later
Speech Chip: TMS5110 (TMS5220)
I have two versions of the S&S- the one with the membrane keypad as well as the one with the raised buttons. There is apparently a compact version that has only the keypad and voice, but no display. Like the Speak & Math, the larger models both have vacuum flourescent displays, and there is a cartridge port inside the battery compartment where you can plug expansion cartridges in.
had sent me a
scan of a February 1983 'Computers & Electronics' article by
Dighera which details a project in which you interface a Speak
Spell with a Timex Sinclair computer. I've compiled the jpg scans into
a document format so that you can download the entire 1.01MB file talkcheap.pdf.
Here are some items from the article (yeah, I know that it's the same as the ones on the Speak & Math page!):
There's a free Speak & Spell simulator available for Windows. It's called SASS, and although it's a pretty large file, I thought it was pretty cool and I'd recommend getting it. You can download it on the SASS Homepage. Update:The SASS site has been down for some time now. Here's an alternate download link: http://www.zophar.net/sas.html
There is also a cool online Speak & Spell simulator at http://www.speaknspell.co.uk/
There is also a second one at http://www.kevinstonge.com/?projects/speakandspell
Want to own your own Speak
& Spell? Many people email me asking
where to get one, and the only existing source is to check your local
thrift stores oe Ebay.
If you want to check on ebay, click here to search forSpeak & Spell.
You can download Speak & Spell sound samples as well as a complete word list here.
Buy a Hack & Spell Sticker:
View a vintage Speak & Spell TV commercial from the 80's featuring Bill Cosby:
Download This Video
View another Speak & Spell commercial which shows that Speak & Read and Speak & Math near the end:
Speak & Spell Commerical Which Shows The Dataman, Spelling B, Little Professor, and Others At The End:
This is a 2 page Speak
& Spell pamphlet with a description and
Speak & Spell Pamphlet - 619KB PDF
This interesting article is about the design history of the Speak & Spell:
Design History of the Speak & Spell- 2.2MB PDF
The Smithsonian Institution has
a web page with some information on
the Speak & Spell with some photos of a white and orange
preproduction unit that they say was built for the Summer Consumer
Visit the Smithsonian Institution Speak & Spell Page
The Smithsonian Speech Synthesis History Project also has some interesting information about the Speak & Spell
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