“Intel application engineer Travis Bonifield has been working closely with Hawking to communicate with the world for a decade. He’s traveled from the United States to England every few years to hand-deliver Hawking a customized PC. Bonifield talks about the technology that powers the customized system.”
Hawking’s latest machine is a Thinkpad x220. Lately he’s been trouble speaking due to weakened cheek muscles (down to one word per minute). New Scientist has a brief interview with Hawking’s outgoing technician on the challenges he faced. It turns out Hawking is still using a DECtalk (despite some reports suggesting otherwise).
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