Euphonia: a mechanical talking machine


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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


#2

Wax cylinder recording or GTFO. XD


#3

Wow, steampunk Wintermute..


#4

Damn you, beat me by 2 minutes!


#5

has anyone reproduced this? i'd like to hear what it sounds like...


#6

I misread that as "severed woman's face" which made it even more macabre.


#7

I too would love to hear what this sounds like!


#8

Nice to see a female robot that everyone isn't drooling over.


#9

Wolfgang von Kempelen made a 'Speaking Machine' the century before. There is a perfunctory demonstration of a replica on youtube.


#10

This is such a tease. I really expected to hear this thing...


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