Friday, September 25, 2015

My God It Talks!

The Voice Operation Demonstrator, or VODER for short, is the first electrical speech synthesizer operated through a keyboard. Developed by Homer Dudley at Bell Labs it was demonstrated at the 1939 New York World's Fair and the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition. A writer from The New York Times saw the device demonstrated at the 1939 World's Fair and declared "My God it talks!"

Difficult to use and to operate, VODER nonetheless paved the way for modern speech-generating devices.


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