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Faber's automated speaking machine, Euphonia

Faber's automated speaking machine, Euphonia

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Euphonia. The Euphonia or speaking machine that was exhibited by Professor Joseph Faber in London, England, in 1846. Faber's device had an artificial tongue and pharyngeal cavity which were controlled by an operator (centre left) using a keyboard. The operator would also control the machine's bellows via a foot pedal at lower left. The machine produced whispered speech and could also sing the anthem 'God Save the Queen'. There was speculation that the Euphonia did not produce its own sounds and the device was a clever hoax.

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