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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.

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where we get a research paper on Nano chemistry....?
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nanopartical of organic/inorganic / physical chemistry , pdf / thesis / review
Ali
what are the products of Nano chemistry?
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There are lots of products of nano chemistry... Like nano coatings.....carbon fiber.. And lots of others..
learn
Even nanotechnology is pretty much all about chemistry... Its the chemistry on quantum or atomic level
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no nanotechnology is also a part of physics and maths it requires angle formulas and some pressure regarding concepts
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Giriraj
Preparation and Applications of Nanomaterial for Drug Delivery
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da
Application of nanotechnology in medicine
what is variations in raman spectra for nanomaterials
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ya I also want to know the raman spectra
Bhagvanji
I only see partial conversation and what's the question here!
Crow Reply
what about nanotechnology for water purification
RAW Reply
please someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think one can use nanoparticles, specially silver nanoparticles for water treatment.
Damian
yes that's correct
Professor
I think
Professor
Nasa has use it in the 60's, copper as water purification in the moon travel.
Alexandre
nanocopper obvius
Alexandre
what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
Rafiq
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
Damian
How we are making nano material?
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what is a peer
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What is meant by 'nano scale'?
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What is STMs full form?
LITNING
scanning tunneling microscope
Sahil
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Santosh
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
Mahi
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
Rafiq
if virus is killing to make ARTIFICIAL DNA OF GRAPHENE FOR KILLED THE VIRUS .THIS IS OUR ASSUMPTION
Anam
analytical skills graphene is prepared to kill any type viruses .
Anam
Any one who tell me about Preparation and application of Nanomaterial for drug Delivery
Hafiz
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
Bob
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
brayan
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Damian
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
Renato
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
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Kyle
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
Adin
why?
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what school?
Kyle
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
Joe
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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