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"The point sticks in your head: physics rules. Virtue does not triumph unless the physics allows it."
- Larry Niven

Vibrowriter  
  A device that translated speech and typed it out for you.  

This is a very early use of the idea of a machine transcriptionist. Note that good pronunciation was required.

There was a man there, Henry Jordan, who had gained international renown by his work with vibrations. He was the inventor of the vibrowriter, the new typewriter that could be talked to, and which transposed the spoken sound into typed words, a contrivance which made perfect spelling possible, provided the words were perfectly pronounced.
From The Lost Language, by David H. Keller.
Published by Teck Publications in 1934
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Compare this item to the detectophone from Hugo Gernsback's 1911 classic Ralph 124c 41 +, which offered machine translation. A somewhat more developed form of this idea can be found in Isaac Asimov's 1953 novel Second Foundation; see the article for transcriber.

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