App Set to Dramatically Increase Your Reading Speed

Monday, March 3, 2014

App Set to Dramatically Increase Your Reading Speed

Start-up company, Spritz has developed technology designed to remove the “inconvenience” of scrolling, swiping, squinting and pinching to read on your devices by streaming individual words, one by one, at the user’s desired speed. With the system, the developers predict that reading speeds of 1000 words per minute may be attained.

W ant to read all 1200 pages of Atlas Shrugged in a day? You will says a Boston-based start-up company that has been operating in stealth mode for three years. The makers of Spritz have developed a system that allows to read at incredible speeds.

Spritz enables people to read words as they appear one at a time, in rapid succession. With Spritz, you can read anywhere from 250 to 1,000 words per minute.

Spritz allows you to start off at 250 words per minute:

Eventually, though, it’s time to cook with some gas at 350 wpm:

Finally, Spritz’s website currently allows users to go up to 500 wpm:

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While rapid serial visual presentation (RSVP), a familiar way to speed up reading, already exists, Spritz differs in that it focuses on the Optimal Recognition Point, or ORP. Notice the red letter whenever a word passes by? That’s the ORP, or “fixation point.”

Normally, when you read, your eyes hop from word to word, all the while figuring out the meaning of the word. Not only does this take time, but you only spend 20 percent of that reading time on processing whatever content you’re reading. The remaining 80 percent is used to go from word to word while looking for that fixation point, running the risk of skipping shorter words.

Spritz - Word Positioning
By indicating the ORP with red, and positioning each word so the location of the ORP doesn’t change, Spritz allows you to read and process the content while not having your eyes jump from word to word. This differs from RSVP, which simply shows you words in rapid succession without focusing on the ORP.

Soon, you may see the logo pictured above on more and more websites and apps, letting you tap into the Spritz reading system.  For a test, try it out on the company's Blog.

Now, we just need to figure out how to speed up our brains to deal with the flood of information Spritz will allow.

SOURCE  Spritz

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