VecVoxX

Feb 11/2006:

VecVoxX is a speakjet based device that allows Vectrex games to use synthesized speech!

Richard Hutchinson from www.vectrex.biz (sells Flashcarts btw!) engineered a brilliant piece of Vectrex add-on called VecVoice. Years later he did a VecVox based on the speakjet and added a chip for VecVoice compatibility.

Unluckily his VecVox never had a plastic casing with build in speaker so I redesigned the PCB, added a build-in speaker and called it VecVoxX (X stands for extended). The VecVoxX is 100% compatible to the VecVox and VecVoice.

here are two prototype pictures:

The VecVoxX plugs directly into the Player2 Port of the Vectrex.

It has loopthrough for directional pad and buttons 3&4 so future games (Debris2?) can support 2 Player games with VecVoxX support. You could even think of 3D or lightpen games with VecVoxX support!

 

Sep 16/2006:

Pictures of the final VecVoxX!!

Iíve had these pictures for long time now but finally found the time to post them:

top view:

bottom view:

There are 3 different editions of the VecVoxX: base, std. and dev.:

 

VV base

VV std.

VV dev.

Vectrex connector

X

X

X

loopthru

X

X

X

internal speaker

X

X

X

volume adjust

X

X

X

VecVoice mode

X

X

X

lightpen port + switch

 

X

X

headphone jack

 

X

X

RS232 interface and USB power supply

 

 

X

PC mode switch

 

 

X

Future Vectrex games will support 2 Player games, 3D games or lighpen games with VecVoxX enabled so you can connect your 3D Imager, gamepad or lightpen (base) to the loopthru port.

The dev. version has a build in RS232 port allowing you to connect the vecvoxx to a PC serial port allowing you to use the Phraselator software for ultimate voice synthesis fun (and developing sound effects and speech for your vectrex games of course ;-))

 

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