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Blast From the Past: Speak & Spell

i-eec3cdec178644d5aa6e279d57a2f9a5-180px-TI_SpeakSpell.jpg Remember those old Speak & Spells in the 80s, the ones made by Texas Instruments? Well, that and Simon were probably my favorite games as a kid (oh, and Rubix cube). There’s actually a cool Speak & Spell emulater on the web that I came across, check it out and enjoy the ‘say it’ feature. Wasn’t there also a Math version? What perfectly lovely toys for burgeoning nerdlets.

(Hat tip, Kyle)


  1. #1 Breton
    February 13, 2007

    For nerdlets with soldering irons, an actual speak and spell is a good basis for circuit bending: re-tasking cheap electronics to make experimental musical instruments.

    or just google “circuit bending” to get some ideas

  2. #2 Mick
    February 13, 2007

    Wasn’t there also a Math version?
    Ah yes, the Speak & Math. Many an hour I spent laying in bed playing number stumper.

  3. #3 Zombie
    February 13, 2007

    Bah, somebody beat me to a circuit bending comment. 😛

  4. #4 xenophobic
    February 13, 2007

    Dane Cook’s bit on the Speak & Spell is classic!

  5. #5 Dave Munger
    February 14, 2007

    I had a math game called “dataman.” It didn’t talk, but it had cool light displays when you got the right answer.

  6. #6 Grumpy Old Man
    February 16, 2007

    You kids today have it so easy! I had to count on my fingers! And I was GLAD to do it!

  7. #7 Baratos
    February 20, 2007

    Dane Cook’s bit on the Speak & Spell is classic!

    “ABCDEFG, I will kill your family!”

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