This whole thing started weeks ago when fellow Craver Tim Moynihan posted a story on a vintage NES game controller and cartridge that had been modded into an MP3 player and portable speaker. Not to be outdone, I realized that my homebrew MP3 player, the Little Professor, needed an equally nostalgic portable speaker system. A quick look through my closet produced the most worthy candidate imaginable--a malfunctioning vintage Texas Instruments Speak & Spell, manufactured the same year as the Little Professor--the year of my birth, 1978. Excellent.
Transforming the Speak & Spell into a portable speaker system wasn't nearly as elegant as I had hoped, but by performing a quick and dirty transplant of the broken Speak & Spell guts with an eviscerated iMainGo iPod speaker system, I was able to get a kick-ass system in just a few hours.
Here's a slide show of the Speak & Spell surgery.