Short Bytes: Mr. Stephen Hawking is a victim of ALS or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Most of you would be aware of Stephen Hawking’s computer made by Intel that helps him in communicating with others. Now, Intel has announced to make its proprietary code an open source software so that engineers can develop a better and cost effective version for all the ALS patients worldwide.
Mr. Stephen Hawking is arguably one of the smartest person on the planet alive today, but sadly he himself is a victim of ALS or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Fortunately, he can communicate through a special computer devised by Intel in 1997. Stephen Hawking’s computer has the technology and a source code that is guarded by the proprietary laws forged in signature by Intel.
The proprietary laws had led to slow down the improvisations in the technology and the new innovations could not brood. On the other hand, Stephen Hawking’s computer communication technology that uses eye movement of the ALS patient to convert into speech is being devised.
Now, Intel has announced to make Stephen Hawking’s computer code an open source software so that engineers can develop a better and cost effective version for all the ALS patients worldwide. In an interview given to Bloomberg, Lana Nachman, Intel Labs Principal Engineer explained the problems that they had to face while improving the system because of the proprietary issues.
After the Stephen Hawking’s computer program code becomes open source, the scientists are expecting fast advancements in the sensor designs and text to speech conversions.
The present design of Stephen Hawking’s computer has an infrared sensor that is connected to the only working muscle in Hawking’s cheek, and sends the data to the CPU of the computer. A software then types the message from the given options that are already programmed in the system, and finally a text to speech converter.
Stephen Hawking, despite his illness, has achieved many feats in his life and given the researchers many theories to work upon. Recently, he along with Russian billionaire Yuri Milner has announced a $100 million project to search for alien life.
Now the OEMs have an opportunity to create a system, be it hardware or software, over the already accessible Stephen Hawking’s computer. So, that sounds like a good news for both the ALS patients and their families.
Get the source code here.
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