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January 31, 2011 at 12:11 PM

Video: Quadriplegic sets new world record for text input

Seattle startup Swype has another Guinness World Record involving its text input technology.

A Texas man paralyzed by a hang-gliding accident used Swype with a special head-tracking device to set the record for fastest hands-free typing by someone paralyzed from the shoulders down.

Hank Torres, who was injured 30 years ago, used the setup on a Windows 7 PC.

He took 83.09 seconds to enter the standard Guinness phrase used for these record attempts, “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.”

Torres is an engineer who uses Swype to write down his inventions, including several patented wheelchair products, according to Swype’s press release today.

The record was announced Friday in Orlando, Fla., at the Assistive Technology Industry Association Conference. It follows a record for standard texting set last year by a Swype employee.

Swype now bundles a free beta copy of its software with the TrackerPro head-tracking device, which was invented by Swype co-founder Randy Marsden.

Here’s a video of Torres setting the record:

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