Last week, Intel announced their upgrade to Stephen Hawking’s communications platform – a brand new, customizable model that allows him to communicate two times faster than he’s been able to to with his decades-old system… AND IT’S OPEN SOURCE.
Our first reactions:
- One of the smartest people in the world can now communicate with us twice as fast. Think of all the things he can teach the world!
- Now other people who have similar conditions can use this system to communicate. Think of all the people this will help!
The ACAT (Assistive Context Aware Toolkit), increases the ability of people with disabilities and degenerative conditions to operate with more independence. The system will be released to the public as Free and Open Source Software (F/OSS) by January 2015.
Mr. Hawking and Intel, we thank you for contributing to the world and to Open Source in such a meaningful way. Your efforts are not only expanding the world of science, but giving people with Quadriplegia, MND, muscle diseases, and myriad other disabilities the ability to communicate with their loved ones in a way they couldn’t before.
We’re wiping away tears, we’re so proud. Go you.