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Subject: Voice controlled ball? rss

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Liz Dee
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Vallejo
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I have a boyfriend who swears that there was a game when he was a kid (early 60s) that had a ball that one could control with voice commands. No one else seems to remember it, and Internet searches reveal nothing. Is this familiar to anyone?
 
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Dan Blum
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Actually controlling something with voice commands would have been impossible back then. There was at least one toy (Ideal's Robot Commando) which claimed to have a microphone with which you gave voice commands, but it was a cheat: the "microphone" just transmitted the air movement from speaking to close a switch, with the actual command being given on a wired controller (just blowing into it would work as well or better).

I don't see how this would work well with a ball (a wireless controller would have been too expensive for a toy, I think), but maybe someone tried it.
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