While watching the Avengers: Age of Ultron movie, at some point when one of the computer voices was speaking, a memory of the "This Is DigiTalker" voice suddenly came to mind. Back in the mid-1980s while working at Westinghouse in Annapolis, Maryland, a couple of the engineers brought a DigiTalker prototype experimentation board into the super-classified area where I worked. According to National Semiconductor's datasheet, it was introduced sometime around 1980. The programmable digital voice IC was a big deal in that unlike other devices that had a fixed set of phrases (see my frightening Clarance the Stack-A-Round Clown), DigiTalker had a large list and could, in later versions, potentially speak almost anything. It was a big deal at the time. DigiTalker went on to become "The Voice of the Elevator Industry."
Posted October 12, 2015