Stephen Hawking's Cerebro-like Comms Software Goes Open Source

By Gary Cutlack on at

The Intel-developed suite of tools that helps Professor Stephen Hawking answer your stupid questions about what kind of music he likes and if The Terminator is real or not is now available for all to use, thanks to the hardware giant releasing the source code for its ACAT system.

ACAT is Intel shorthand for assistive context-aware toolkit, a collection of tools that help the professor control his computer and allow him to communicate with the world via text entry. All you need is an input mechanism -- Hawking uses a webcam that scans movements of his cheek muscle -- and the files from Github. Then probably a few months to make it all actually... work. [Github via Wired]