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Intel, SwiftKey upgrade Stephen Hawking's communication technology

Mark Hachman | Dec. 3, 2014
Intel pledges to help ALS victims communicate via a developer kit that it's creating in partnership with SwiftKey. The kit has already doubled Hawking's typing speed.

As ALS is a progressively degenerative disease, Hawking's ability to communicate is decreasing. Predictive input will become more of a necessity as the disease advances. Before 2008, Hawking could type 15 words a minute, using a thumb clicker. Now, at 78, he is too weak to use it. What Intel and Hawking hope, however, is that the new system will help Hawking communicate for as long as he can. 


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