Anyone here have any ideas what chip Prof. Stephen Hawking's voice synthesizer uses? I see that he may need a replacement shortly if it ever goes wrong, as the chip is no longer manufactured this could be near impossible.
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London, Apr.12 (ANI):
Professor Stephen Hawking is in danger of losing his 'Dalek' voice because an irreplaceable computer chip in the paralysed scientist's electronic voicebox is at risk of breaking down due to old age.
Nevertheless, Hawking, 62, is against switching to a new software that would give him a different sound. The author of the bestseller 'A Brief History Of Time' has used the gadget since losing his voice in1985.
"You can't buy the voice any more. Individual parts can be replaced when they blow, but if the voice chip went we'd be in trouble. As Stephen lives a very active life, every few days some accident or other will happen," The Sun quoted Tom Pelly, Hawking's technical assistant, as saying.
Hawking, who is crippled by motor neurone disease, can use two fingers to click on words highlighted on a computer screen. The words are converted by an adapted special synthesiser and broadcast by loudspeakers, sounding just like a 'Dalek' from TV show 'Dr Who'.
"He's very against changing his voice. Although it sounds inhuman, it pronounces words a lot better than software voices, which is quite important in lectures," Pelling added