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Reading Redesigned

Posted on 6th March, 2014 in Design

Fancy reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone in just 77 minutes? The reading game is about to change forever. Spritz, a fantastic new app that’s being released on Samsung devices, is devoted to turning you into a super-powered book devourer, conquering novels in a single bound.

Spritz has created a new way of displaying text on electronic devices, which aims to boost our reading speeds from about 220 words per minute to 500 and beyond by showing us just one rapidly changing word at a time. What Spritz does differently (and brilliantly) is manipulate the format of the words to more appropriately line them up with the eye’s natural motion of reading. The “Optimal Recognition Point” (ORP) is slightly left of the centre of each word, and is the precise point at which our brain deciphers each jumble of letters. This has been tried before, but the unique aspect of Spritz is that it identifies the ORP of each word, makes that letter red and presents all of the ORPs at the same space on the screen. In this way, our eyes don’t move at all as we see the words, and we can therefore process information instantaneously rather than spend time decoding each word.

Head over to spritzinc.com to try it for yourself, just set your words per minute and start reading.

The highest setting of 1,000 words per minute would let you read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in just 77 minutes, whereas the Bible would still take a lengthy 13 hours.

Spritz has created a new way of displaying text on electronic devices, which aims to boost our reading speeds .

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