Intel and Stephen Hawking – Help a Genius, Help the World
Intel and Professor Stephen Hawking demonstrated a new Intel-created communications platform to replace his decades-old system. The customizable platform dramatically improves Hawking’s ability to communicate, and will be available to research and technology communities by January of next year.
Hawking has an MND (motor neuron disease) related to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a condition that has progressed over the years and left him almost entirely paralyzed. As a result, he can only communicate through technology. By studying Hawking’s acute needs, and the very specific relationship between this man and his machine, Intel developed a tailored solution called ACAT (Assistive Context Aware Toolkit) that results in dramatically improved communication:
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NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT Review.