[ Fuzzy Memory ] Touch-based Disc Toy

January 23rd, 2011 by Benj Edwards

Fuzzy MemoryEvery once and a while, I receive emails from people looking for a certain game, electronic toy, or computer from their distant past. I then pass it on to intrepid VC&G readers to crack the case.

The Clues

Matt writes:

Hey dude,

I've been stumped in my attempts to locate info on a toy I had in the early/mid 80s.

It was pretty big and took a slew of D cell batteries. It had a surface with touch receptors on it, probably 10″ square (no LCD of any sort though). An activity consisted of a plastic CD style disc that you inserted into a slot on the side, and a plastic overlay that you put on the touch surface. The plastic overlay indicated things you could touch to make the activity/game happen. All games had very lifelike sound that came from a built in speaker.

Any help would be appreciated, I've had zero luck even coming up with a clue on this one!

-Matt

The Search Begins

It's up to you to find the object of Matt's fuzzy memory. Post any thoughts or suggestions in the comments section below. Matt will be monitoring the comments, so if you need to clarify something with him, ask away. Good luck!

Have a memory of a computer, video game, computer software, or electronic toy you need help identifying? Send me an email describing your memories in detail. Hopefully, the collective genius of the VC&G readership can help solve your mystery.



4 Responses to “[ Fuzzy Memory ] Touch-based Disc Toy”

  1. charles Says:


    Accepted Answer

    Possible the Mattel TLC Teach & Learn computer?
    http://www.evg2000.com/graphics/handhelds/mattlc.jpg
    http://www.evg2000.com/graphics/handhelds/mattlcbox.jpg

  2. Matty G Says:

    Holy crap, that was quick! Thanks Charles!!

  3. Benj Edwards Says:

    Man, that was fast. Great work, Charles!

  4. Samantha J. Says:

    Thank you–I have been trying to figure out what this thing was called! My brother and I used to get so freaked out by the sound it made when we chose a correct answer on the solar system card. :)

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