Considered the first electrical speech synthesizer, VODER (Voice Operation DEmonstratoR) was developed by Homer Dudley at Bell Labs and demonstrated at both the 1939 New York World’s Fair and the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition. Difficult to use and difficult to operate, VODER nonetheless paved the way for future machine-generated speech.
A friend of mine showed me this video on youtube and I had no idea speech synthesis was this old! Too cool not to share with my readers!
To my younger readers who may not know, the Amiga Computer System was a very advanced computer at its time through the 1980s and early 90s. It was the machine of choice for gamers, musicians, and artists because of its great 4 channel 8 bit sound, full color graphics and huge software library, plus a passionate user base who created amazing music and games for the system.
Above is a fantastic compilation of some of the best music Amiga had to offer. Enjoy!