Friday, 11 March 2016

Text-To-Speech In 1846 Involved A Talking Robotic Head With Ringlets

On a summer day in 1846 at London's grand Egyptian Hall, Joseph Faber - a German astronomer-turned-inventor - unveiled one of the strangest inventions to come out of the 19th century's technological boom. Spectators were ushered into a dimly lit back room to see the Euphonia, a machine that boasted the ability to replicate human speech.

In the middle of the disheveled chamber sat a piano-like instrument topped with a female automaton whose face, framed with ringlet curls, stared vacantly into the crowd.

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