Intel, the company that has been supplying Stephen Hawking with the technology he needs to communicate with the outside world since the 1990s, is currently working on new technology that will enable him to communicate faster.
Renowned physicist, Hawking has battled against the degenerative motor neuron disease for the last 50 years and has for a long time, needed technological aids to enable him to speak or compose words. Over the last few years, Hawking’s condition has deteriorated so much that the rate at which he communicates has fallen to one word per minute.
Intel however are hoping that they can bring the rate right back up again by using a type of technology that will not only register the muscle twitches in Hawking’s cheek, but is able to read the other facial muscles that he can still control. Continue Reading