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Swype off the fierce piranhas: new way to type on mobile touchscreens

The Australian
June 29, 2010

HERE'S a challenge for you. See how long it takes you to type the following sentence:

"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."

Well done. You have learnt something while tapping out the official sentence used by Guinness World Records for fast-typing tests. If you got it down error free in under 40 seconds you're doing pretty well.

In March someone representing Korean electronics company Samsung typed it correctly in 35.54sec to claim a world record. They used software called Swype that offers a new way to type on mobile phone touchscreens.

Instead of tapping a finger on each key on a virtual keyboard, Swype users slide their index finger rapidly across the surface, from key to key, without lifting it.

Swype detects the tiny pause you make on each wanted key. In-built intelligence makes a guess at the word you're typing, so it's often completed before you reach the final letter. Misspelt words are automatically corrected.

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