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@The NYC Toy fair 2008 Franklin showed off their new product, a T-Mobile Sidekick looking device called the “Speaking Spelling Bee” – this isn’t a DIY/science kit type thing, but I really liked it and it’s a unique gadget (and I haven’t seen it anywhere else)… You can play it on the go, or plug in to a TV – awhile back there was a big spelling bee phenomenon, maybe we’ll see kids playing this in addition to video games (both are fun)…

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Features:

  • Multi-player Competition mode (up to 6 players), Game Show mode or improve skills in the practice mode
  • Request a definition of the word, origin or to have it used in a sentence
  • Compete against friends or select to play against the computer
  • High-contrast 2″ color LCD display
  • Clear speech and sound effects
  • Compact design with sliding keyboard
  • Connects to most TVs
  • SD slot and USB connectivity provides expandability
  • The Merriam-Webster Intermediate Dictionary with over 70,000 words, the Merriam-Webster Intermediate Thesaurus and the Merriam-Webster Rhyming Dictionary make this handheld a great companion for school work
    Useful reading timer

Meant for ages 8 & up. It also comes with Sudoku — I dunno, I might get one, Apple’s Mail client seems to miss some of my spelling mistakes – I’d like to fix that with meat skills.

More:

  • Speaking Spelling Bee – Link.
  • More photos of Franklin’s spelling bee @ Flickr – Link.
  • Giant set of NYC Toy fair 2008 photos @ Flickr – Link.
  • MAKE’s coverage of the NYC Toy Faire 2008 in one place! – Link.

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.


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