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To gain support for the development funding we invited our Senior VP in to the lab to try the demonstration probably in late December, 1976 or early January, 1977. Looking back on that first demonstration to senior management I am surprised it didn’t get the project killed on the spot rather than funded. Here is how the demonstration went:

The Senior VP was asked to sit down in front of a keyboard and a CRT monitor. This alone should have been intimidating to the senior VP: In a research laboratory setting with lights blinking, loud fan noises, things spinning and a keyboard and monitor in front of him. In the mid 1970s all of these things were foreign to the everyday environment of such an individual

Richard began the demonstration with a “Level 1” difficulty word set. The voice said “Spell cat”. The SVP, not being adept to sophisticated equipment such as a keyboard, struggled to find the three letters “C”, “A”, “T”. He then needed to be instructed to press the enter key. Once that was done, the voice said “that is correct, now try dog”. A bit more comfortable now, the SVP managed to find the right keys and entered another correct spelling. By this time Richard was getting a bit antsy and suggested that we try a few “Level 4” words. With some reluctance the SVP agreed. The voice then said “spell onomatopoeia”. An attempt with a great deal of struggle was made to enter the correct spelling and the enter key, at which time the voice said “wrong, try again”, followed by a second failed attempt. The voice said again “wrong, try again”, followed by a third poor choice of letters. The voice finally ended the misery by replying “wrong, the correct spelling of onomatopoeia is o, n, o, m, a, t, o, p, o, e, i, a, now try ovoviviparous”. The demonstration ended abruptly at this point. The SVP a lot embarrassed and a bit irritated. We had just added embarrassment to intimidation for him. That was nearly the end of the project. I suspect that the snickering from the four of us didn’t help in his frustration and embarrassment. But fortunately, after a bit of cool down, he was supportive of the concept in spite of our poor judgment in demonstration choices.

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Once we had a simulator running for the product, my boss at the time suggested that we take it to Dallas to show off to the Board of Directors probably in March or April of 1978. Although we had started the program in Dallas, the product design for the Speak N Spell was moved to Lubbock, Texas, along with the whole Consumer Products Business Unit. While I am at it, I’ll cover the whole spread of the team. In addition to our research and market communications team being in Dallas, the product design and management team was in Lubbock, the IC design team and wafer fabrication facility was in Houston and the first production line was in Midland, Texas. We were spread over the whole state of Texas.

The simulator consisted of three table top racks of equipment each standing about 3 feet high. One rack simulated the micro-controller, the TMC0270. One rack simulated the speech synthesizer, the TMC0280. The final simulator simulated the memory devices, the TMC0350. Each rack used TTL to replicate the schematics of each of the three devices.

Questions & Answers

what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
How we are making nano material?
what is a peer
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
What is STMs full form?
scanning tunneling microscope
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
How can I make nanorobot?
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
how can I make nanorobot?
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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