This App Will Let You Read A Novel In Less Time Than You Watch A Movie
Have you ever wanted to read a book but been too intimidated by its sheer size? What if you could tackle a Harry Potter book in a little over an hour? How about a 9,000-page literary classic like Les Miserable in a day’s worth of reading?
Today it seems like everything we read— books, online magazines, news articles, blogs, and emails— is a race against the inevitable consumption of time. Thanks to Boston-based tech company, Spritz, time will now be on your side in reading anything online.
The company is set to release new speed-reading software that allows your brain to process massive amounts of text in a minimal amount of time. The software has been in development for the past three years, having been leased out to various apps, eBooks, and online platforms for beta testing, and is about to be available in a soon-to-be released app. It is also being used in the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Samsung Gear 2 watch.
Read this at 250wpm:
Now at 350wpm:
Now try 500wpm:
Though other apps have used a form of rapid serial visual presentation to enhance the user’s reading speed on mobile devices, Sprintz does so in a way that optimizes the eye’s natural motions while reading.
Through its software, Sprintz presents the user with a text bar and inputs the material you’re reading into the bar one word at a time. The software aligns each word differently and highlights a letter in red to help your mind recognize the word more quickly, thus eliminating all the extra space your mind must digest while reading.
The red letter is what Sprintz calls the “Optimal Recognition Point” (ORP) and is located slightly left of the center of each word. With this feature, the user’s brain is able to quickly process each word as they are presented without ever moving his eyes.
With settings between 250 and 1,000 words per minute, Sprintz eliminates the process of reading lines and turning pages. As a matter of fact, it eliminates the concept of a page altogether.