Quadriplegic Uses Swype to Set Fastest Hands-Free Typing World Record


We’ve already seen Swype lay claim to aiding in the setting of a new speed-texting world record, but would you believe the virtual keyboard also played a role in taking the record for fastest hands-free typing into new territory? In just 83.09 seconds, Hank Torres, a quadriplegic paralyzed from the shoulders down, was able to swipe out the following:

“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.”

This was accomplished through a combination of Swype and a head-tracking device. You can see the accomplishment for yourself in the below video.

[via AndroidCentral]

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  1. He is NOT a quadriplegic. A quadriplegic does not have any use or sensation in their arms.

    Still a kool video. Just need to get the correct terms.

  2. Paraplegic

  3. Actually, quadriplegic means that a person has impairment in all 4 limbs, not that they can’t move them. Watch “Murderball”

  4. I think it is sad to nit-pick about terms when actually the great thing is this a a giant step forward for a very unfortunate individual.

    As a medical doctor, I believe the video shows he has impairment to all of his limbs and therefore is quadriplegic. He has some muscle power preserved to the muscles around the shoulders which is how he is able to move his arms.

  5. Agree with number 4

  6. I would like to specify in my living will that if I should ever be physically incapacitated to the extent that my brains functioning but not my other abilities to communicate, I would like to be equipped with a setup like this to articulate the contents of my brain before it’s too late.

    In the absence of sufficient funds to provide me that technology, it would also be acceptable to teach me Morse Code.

  7. Looks like he has gross muscle movement in the arms but nothing in the hands. Obviously, he can’t use a keyboard in the normal fashion. That’s the only salient point here.

  8. Chris (#3) is right. Quad or tetrapelagia is just 4 limb impairment. As a murderball playing android toting phone addict I thing this is great! I use swype some, but with my limited dexterity rely on vlingo. The speech to text is pretty good, the predictive keyboard is great. Can’t use it with bluetooth till my Evo gets 2.2.1 so it doesn’t reboot when I disconnect.

  9. Partial quad would be the most accurate description.

  10. From Wikipedia:
    Tetraplegia, also known as quadriplegia, is paralysis caused by illness or injury to a human that results in the partial or total loss of use of all their limbs and torso; Paraplegia is similar but does not affect the arms. The loss is usually sensory and motor, which means that both sensation and control are lost.
    From a medical standpoint He is a quadriplegic.

  11. only daft punk could make this video interesting

  12. Might be useful for Prof. Stephen Hawking, though in his case it would be necessary to track eye movements.

  13. But can he play the drift competition on NFS Shift?

  14. some ass hole techie will probably break this in a few seconds

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