Summary Box: Intel looks to helping Hawking speak

HELPING OUT: Intel Corp. says it is looking for ways to help British physicist Stephen Hawking reverse the slowing of his speech.

EARLY STAGES: Intel has a team in England to gather data for further study. No time frame was given.

BEST BETS: Intel’s chief technology officer says prospects include high-definition cameras that pick up on the minute movements in Hawking’s face to synthesize his speech.

CONTINUING COLLABORATION: Intel has long provided Hawking with many of his technological needs ? including an upgrade of his speech software and the connection that links his wheelchair-mounted computer to the Internet.