Carl Berney

Computer Chronicles Revisited, Part 9 — The VOTAN V5000 and the Speech Plus CallText

Computer Chronicles Revisited, Part 9 — The VOTAN V5000 and the Speech Plus CallText

David Murray, who goes by The 8-Bit Guy on YouTube, had a great video a couple of years back on “How Speech Synthesizers Work." He explained that early devices like the Texas Instruments “Speak & Spell” were not true speech synthesizers, as they relied on a limited vocabulary of pre-recorded words. But even in the mid-1980s there were speech synthesizers that could build words out of basic sounds. Today’s episode of The Computer Chronicles from early 1984 also examined the status of speech synthesis during this time period.