The genius professor Stephen Hawking, who has given us so many enlightening theories about the origins of the Universe, has revealed a new device which helps him communicate. The new Stephen Hawking talking device was hailed by the professors as “life changing”.
Professor Hawking appeared at an event in London and spoke about the new device:
“We are pushing the boundaries of what is possible.”
Hawking added that without the new talking technology he would not have been able to speak anymore.
Professor Hawking explained:
“Medicine has not been able to cure me, so I rely on technology to help me communicate and live. The development of this system has the potential to improve the lives of disabled people around the world and is leading the way in terms of human interaction and the ability to overcome communication boundaries that once stood in the way.”
Intel has helped Professor Hawking with his speaking in the 1990s, developing a special speech synthesizer. Intel was approached by Hawking to help him upgrade the communication system.
An Intel engineer, who helped develop the new Stephen Hawking talking device said that the system took more than 3 years to be developed. The device is hooked to Professor Hawking’s glasses and onto his cheek. The device detects the motion in the cheek using an infra red sensor and allows the Professor select a letter of the alphabet. The device then triggers word suggestions from which the Professor Hawking can choose.
The Intel engineer who helped develop the new Stephen Hawking talking device said:
“We’re able to speed up some of the common tasks he does on his machine by about 10 times. Stephen was looking for something very familiar, that is similar to his current interface but much more effective.”
Professor Hawking was dissatisfied with his previous talking device because the word-per-minute rate was starting to decrease in speed. Professor Hawking said of his old device that:
“My old system is more than 20 years old, and I was finding it very difficult to continue to communicate effectively and do the things I love to do every day.”