The software that lets Stephen Hawking talk is now free
Intel, the American technology company that makes one of the world's most valued computer chips, has also been working for many years on the hardware and software that scientist Stephen Hawking uses to talk to the world.
The full name of this technology is Assistive Context-Aware Toolkit, and it uses a mix of muscle sensors, face recognition to detect movement, text to speech and predictive behavioral patterns which are quickly translated into words and computer commands. The software is a very powerful tool that required much time to be developed to the point of allowing for a fast operational speed.
Intel made the sofware open source to let other developers contribute to the research and improvement of the product that can drastically change the quality of life for people with ALS or other similar disabilities. The download is available on GitHub and Intel set up a support page where you can learn more about it.
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