writes "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