Author Topic: Trying to remember a piece of old learning/toy/talking book tech  (Read 822 times)

Hello!

I'm trying to remember a big weird piece of electronic talking book equipment I had as a kid. I remember it was almost like a huge plastic yellow suitcase with a raised dome effect on the outside which opened up and you could insert different books that presumably read a barcode on the insert bit and you could then press things and interact with the story.

Anyone have a clue??

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Re: Trying to remember a piece of old learning/toy/talking book tech
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2020, 02:18:03 AM »
This kind of thing?

Edit - dammit, I think my brain just lied to me.

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Re: Trying to remember a piece of old learning/toy/talking book tech
« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2020, 02:27:07 AM »
Going to need a bit more info.  Can you give me a rough year (fnarr)?

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Re: Trying to remember a piece of old learning/toy/talking book tech
« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2020, 03:02:10 AM »


This sort of set-up?

Re: Trying to remember a piece of old learning/toy/talking book tech
« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2020, 06:59:05 AM »
Going to need a bit more info.  Can you give me a rough year (fnarr)?

Say around 1992/1993

Re: Trying to remember a piece of old learning/toy/talking book tech
« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2020, 07:02:35 AM »


This sort of set-up?

I can't see the picture but googled story reader and it does look similar to the big red thing. The setup was just a big yellow suitcase looking thing with grey or white handles that opened up and you inserted these thin books that I think had a tag you inserted into a slot somewhere on the big electronic book thing and it could recognise thiungs you pressed in the book

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Re: Trying to remember a piece of old learning/toy/talking book tech
« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2020, 07:40:18 AM »
This kind of thing

That the play button on that machine is backwards, bothers me more than it perhaps should.  It's Toys Я Us all over again!

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Re: Trying to remember a piece of old learning/toy/talking book tech
« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2020, 12:43:41 PM »
Sega Pico?




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Re: Trying to remember a piece of old learning/toy/talking book tech
« Reply #8 on: May 01, 2020, 02:16:16 PM »
WTF I hadn't seen this thread when I mentioned Sega Pico in the bits thread. Must be National Remember Sega Pico Day

Re: Trying to remember a piece of old learning/toy/talking book tech
« Reply #9 on: May 02, 2020, 04:38:59 AM »
Deffo not Sega, wasn't branded but similar looking aye

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Re: Trying to remember a piece of old learning/toy/talking book tech
« Reply #10 on: May 02, 2020, 05:13:19 AM »
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Re: Trying to remember a piece of old learning/toy/talking book tech
« Reply #11 on: May 03, 2020, 05:55:27 AM »
got excited there for a second but nah, imagine a yellow suitcase with grey handles, opens out, you place a book in the inside that fits, it slots one end into a mysterious hole and now you can press things in the book that make the story continue

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Re: Trying to remember a piece of old learning/toy/talking book tech
« Reply #12 on: May 03, 2020, 06:38:22 AM »
That rings a bell. There was probably a TV ad campaign for whatever it was.

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Re: Trying to remember a piece of old learning/toy/talking book tech
« Reply #13 on: May 03, 2020, 11:32:07 AM »
I’m glad the mystery is still open because that Sega Pico one looks proper shite.  Anyone with fond memories of that abomination would be dead to me.

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Re: Trying to remember a piece of old learning/toy/talking book tech
« Reply #14 on: May 03, 2020, 01:21:28 PM »
I’m glad the mystery is still open because that Sega Pico one looks proper shite.  Anyone with fond memories of that abomination would be dead to me.

Yeah did look bollocks to be fair

Re: Trying to remember a piece of old learning/toy/talking book tech
« Reply #15 on: May 04, 2020, 03:22:54 AM »
one of the voices was that posh english voice you hear as standard in some of those educational things, more of a Kenneth Connor southerner posh, not his cockney voice, one phrase was "press the motorboat" in a stern "PRRRESS...THE MO..tor...boat"

Re: Trying to remember a piece of old learning/toy/talking book tech
« Reply #16 on: May 04, 2020, 01:21:29 PM »
I had a less advanced version of this from the Early Learning Centre, it used some optical pen that would light up green or red for 'right' or 'wrong'.

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Re: Trying to remember a piece of old learning/toy/talking book tech
« Reply #17 on: May 04, 2020, 03:27:10 PM »
I dont want to press the motorboat

Re: Trying to remember a piece of old learning/toy/talking book tech
« Reply #18 on: May 04, 2020, 04:25:14 PM »
I’m glad the mystery is still open because that Sega Pico one looks proper shite.  Anyone with fond memories of that abomination would be dead to me.

I remember playing on one in Toy Master. It was alright. A bit like one of those interactive kids books for your iPad, but 20 years before it's time. However, £150 for the console and £20 per book? Plus it hogs the telly? No chance, mate.

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