Stephen Hawking's Speech System is Now Free for Everyone

By: Cadhla Gray - Aug 23, 2015
References: boingboing.net & engadget
Stephen Hawking's speech software has enabled him to carry on an incredibly successful scientific life, communicating his findings, life advice and even humor to the world. Now, this incredible communication program is available to the general public for free.

The Assistive Context-Aware Toolkit (ACAT) was created by Intel and is now a free open source software with the purpose of getting others to improve it. It uses a webcam to recognize facial cues, like the movement of a cheek, and coordinates them with a predictive keyboard. It also can allow the user to search the web or work on documents through simple visual cues.

With the technology's release, the developments expected down the line are integration of things like proximity sensors and Intel's RealSense 3D camera. The release of Stephen Hawking's speech software is intended to provide a wheelchair connected communication system for anyone who needs it -- a life-changing technology for many.