In Brief

Anyone can freely download Intel's ACAT to build upon the framework with new user interfaces and sensing modalities

Stephen Hawking’s iconic robotic-voice has been opened up for developers and anyone with a smartphone or Windows computer to download. The Assistive Context-Aware Toolkit, ACAT, allows Hawking to speak, by detecting the movement of his cheekbones. Intel has built on the program over the years, and are opening the project for other developers to apply or improve upon.

The main issue Intel wanted to avoid for developers interested in developing further on this code was having them start at the beginning. Instead, they opened the source-code to anyone, including consumers who simply want to play around with the tool.The program requires some kind of camera for the code to detect cheek movement. Otherwise all that’s required is knowledge of basic programming and a desire to get involved—and a PC running Windows at least as recent as XP.

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