A VIC-20 speech synthesis cart made using an ESP8266 #ESP8266 #VintageComputing

If you owned a C64, an Atari or an Apple computer, then you might be familiar with the synthetic sound of the voice of SAM. The software based text-to-speech speech synthesizer package that required no additional hardware. But if back then, you only had a VIC-20 then you missed out, because SAM won’t run on such a system, there simply isn’t enough RAM.

Jan Derogee has created a hardware version of SAM based on an inexpensive ESP8266 microcontroller.

See the video below and more on the project page and GitHub repo.


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