doctorow at July 11th, 2013 13:47 — #1
Here's a delicious potted history of the Euphonia, a mid-19th century gadget that could simulate human speech by pumping bellows-fed air over an artificial tongue set in a chamber of weird plates and valves. It had a severe woman's face and coils of hair in ringlets, and spoke in a "weird, ghostly monotone." By pumping… READ THE REST
lupin3rd at July 11th, 2013 14:38 — #2
Wax cylinder recording or GTFO. XD
christoingram at July 11th, 2013 15:33 — #3
Wow, steampunk Wintermute..
boundegar at July 11th, 2013 15:35 — #4
Damn you, beat me by 2 minutes!
tuseroni at July 11th, 2013 16:26 — #5
has anyone reproduced this? i'd like to hear what it sounds like...
abates at July 11th, 2013 20:51 — #6
I misread that as "severed woman's face" which made it even more macabre.
rockmetteller at July 11th, 2013 21:57 — #7
I too would love to hear what this sounds like!
prestonsturges at July 11th, 2013 22:00 — #8
Nice to see a female robot that everyone isn't drooling over.
beanolini at July 12th, 2013 04:06 — #9
Wolfgang von Kempelen made a 'Speaking Machine' the century before. There is a perfunctory demonstration of a replica on youtube.
xendra7 at July 12th, 2013 15:35 — #10
This is such a tease. I really expected to hear this thing...
doctorow at July 16th, 2013 13:47 — #11
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