Commodore 64 Speech Synthesizer
Currah Technology has announced the Voice Messenger-Speech 64, a $49.95 speech synthesizer for the Commodore 64.
The unit plugs into the cartridge port of the 64, does not take any RAM from BASIC work space, and allows computing while talking. With built-in software, the Voice Messenger lets the computer talk immediately when powered up.
The system uses an allophone-based synthesizer chip which allows individual speech sounds to be strung together to make intelligible speech. The Voice Messenger is two and a half inches square and three-quarters of an inch deep. Its output is carried to the auxiliary 64 sound input and reproduced through the television or monitor speaker. Any word, sentence, or paragraph in English can be spoken. BASIC commands such as SAY and KOFF facilitate use. The Voice Messenger also allows the keys to talk individually as they are pressed.
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