Oh, very cool. There's a Speak and Spell simulator (Windows only; slightly flakey) [via unxmaal] complete with scary robot voice and on/off buttons. I never had one myself, but my sister had a Talking Typewriter with the same kind of voice. It was a weird mix of mechanics and electronics; it meant you had to use paper to play the built in games. A product of extraordinarily modern synthesis, now I think about it. Although, at the time, we just stopped using it when the ink ribbon ran out.