A popular educational children's toy
from the eighties
that was made by VTech
. It was approxmately the size of a shoe box
, designed to look somewhat like a computer
, and had a small keyboard
that folded down in the front. The keyboard had the alphabet
, numbers, as well as notes
, etc.) on it. You would put cards in a slot in the top, and could then view them through a window in the front of it. Different cards had different activities on them, such as identifying adjectives
, learning the musical scale
, etc. The toy could tell what action to take when a card was inserted by a barcode
-like symbol on the back which it read optically
As I grew older, I grew weary of the toy and decided that I wanted to find out how it worked. For some reason, I was disappointed to find only some batteries and a printed circuit board.
A few years after this, VTech came out with Talking Whiz Kid, a technologically superior toy, which quickly eclipsed original whiz kid.