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VIDEO: Quadriplegic Uses Swype to Win Handsfree Typing Record
February 8, 2011 12:42 PM
If this doesn't prove the usability and usefulness of the Swype keyboard, nothing will.
Hank Torres is paralyzed from the shoulders down. However, by using a Swype keyboard controlled by his head movement and breath, he was able to set the Guinness World Record for fastest hands free typing.
Torres typed out the phrase "The razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human," in 83.09 seconds.
In a press release
, Torres touted the keyboard input software.
"Swype has opened a whole new world of communication for me that was previously tedious or impossible, making a huge difference in my life," he said. Torres uses Swype for everything from email to texting to Facebook. As an engineer, he even used the keyboard input to develop numerous wheelchair-based solutions -- earning him several patents.
Having a background in assistive technology, Swype co-founder Randy Marsden commented on the benefits the input tool has provided people with disabilities.
"For more than 15 years, we've been able to provide full mouse pointer control using head pointing for people without the use of their hands -- just as fast and efficient as someone using a regular mouse. But it always bothered me that we couldn't say the same thing for the keyboard. That was the origin of the idea for Swype. And even though Swype is now helping millions of people in the mainstream enter text on smartphones, there is no greater impact than right here where it was originally intended, helping people with disabilities type much faster than ever before."
Swype is available on Android devices and comes pre-installed on Samsung Galaxy S and well as Motorola's Droid X and Droid 2. Currently, it's not available for the iPhone.
Time to get on that, Apple.
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