Eyeglasses fitted with analogue infrared sensor

Made:
2014 in Cambridge
developer:
Stephen Hawking
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Bespoke. Three other spectacles with older analogue sensor
Stephen Hawking Estate/Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Bespoke. Three other spectacles with older analogue sensor
Stephen Hawking Estate/Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Spectacles with Sensor (test pair)
Stephen Hawking Estate/Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Spectacles with Sensor (test pair)
Stephen Hawking Estate/Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Spectacles with Sensor (test pair)
Stephen Hawking Estate/Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Bespoke pair of spectacles fitted with older analogue sensor, in case made by Silicon Valley Eye Physicians. Both spectacles and case are labelled “INT, Intermediate 2014”.

At first, Hawking controlled his voice software using a clicker. When he could no longer move his fingers, he and his team developed a custom-built system controlled by twitching his cheek muscles. A sensor mounted on his spectacles picked up these tiny movements.

In his later years, Hawking’s cheek movements had slowed his speech to 1–2 words per minute, and he was experimenting with systems to read his brain activity.

Details

Category:
Stephen Hawking Office
Collection:
Stephen Hawking’s Office
Object Number:
2021-561/20
Materials:
plastic (unidentified), metal (unknown), glass, leather and textile
type:
spectacles
credit:
Accepted in lieu of Inheritance Tax by H M Government from the Estate of Stephen Hawking and allocated to the Science Museum, 2021

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