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Communication-Assisting Interfaces

Intel Revamps Stephen Hawking's System After 20 Years

— December 3, 2014 — Lifestyle
It's been 20 years since Stephen Hawking has changed his communication interface, which might seem shocking to many considering the leaps and bounds technology has made recently. Yet it was only three years ago that he approached Intel to create a better system when his typing speed dropped to one word per minute. But Stephen Hawking wasn't just concerned with speed, he also wanted to be more independent when using it.

The result is ACAT (Assistive Context Aware Toolkit). To create the new system, Intel researchers studied Stephen Hawking's day to day life in order to create a control system that is much more predictive than his previous one. Incredibly personalized as well, Stephen Hawking's ACAT system can easily benefit others suffering from similar motor neuron diseases.
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