You’ve got to give the Nuance folks some credit for creativity. The company today unveiled a new update for Swype — the popular text-input technology that it acquired earlier this year for $102 million.

The new offering combines Swype — which allows users to input text with a swipe of a finger on touchscreen devices — with Nuance’s Dragon voice dictation software. Sounds cool, huh?

Well, just wait until you check out the promotional video announcing the new beta program, narrated by an intimidating ninja finger puppet of sorts.

Perhaps the video is working too well, as the beta.swype.com site was not functioning properly for me when I tried it out today.

In addition to the integration with Dragon, Swype’s new update includes support for more than 50 languages. It also includes “advance language modeling,” which will help the software better predict the next word.

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