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The quest to save Stephen Hawking’s voice

Hawking

Jason Fagone at the San Francisco Chronicle details the story of the team who worked months to resurrect the distinctive voice of physicist Stephen Hawking from the long-out of date CallText 5010 boards and firmware.

It is interesting to see the entire process unfold – emulating the chips and the mysterious firmware, the hard work done by Eric Dorsey and his team.

And the fun fact: the final code was placed on a Raspberry Pi 3!

The team was ultimately successful, but Dr. Hawking passed away several months after the project was completed.

Hawking

Read the complete article on the Chronicle website.

You can also get a first-hand account of the process from Peter Benie on his website. This includes the disposition of the project and code.


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