Text-To-Speech in 1846 Involved a Talking Robotic Head With Ringlets | Atlas Obscura

On a summer day in 1846 at London’s grand Egyptian Hall, Joseph Faber unveiled one of the strangest inventions to come out of the 19th century’s technological boom. For one shilling a head, 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. Professor Faber, a shy German astronomer-turned-inventor, stood behind the keys of his device hoping desperately that…

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3 thoughts on “Text-To-Speech in 1846 Involved a Talking Robotic Head With Ringlets | Atlas Obscura

  1. Perhaps the choice of the head and face was his undoing? It must have felt like being addressed my Medusa, the Gorgon. He should have gone with something much cuter. Then we would indeed all have one in our house.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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