Intel created the software that the legendary Professor Stephen Hawking uses to talk and the company has now made it free to the public. Hawking was instrumental in the development of software and here’s how you can get your hands on it.
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Intel’s Assistive Context-Aware Toolkit (ACAT) is an open source platform designed to give a voice to people with disabilities or diseases that prevent them from being able to speak along with other conditions that restrict their ability to move. ACAT uses keyboard simulation, word prediction and speech synthesis along with additional tools that allow users to edit documents, browse the internet and check emails without the need for a traditional keyboard input.
By making the platform open source, Intel hopes to encourage the developer community to enhance ACAT by improving existing features and adding new ones. It runs on Windows 7 or newer machines and can interface with various sensor inputs like cameras, infrared switches and push buttons.
If you want to work towards improving ACAT for those suffering from motor neuron diseases or if you’re simply just curious about it, you can get it on GitHub.