There a lot of people who love to read, but just don’t have the time for it. Or maybe you’re a college student whose textbook readings are piling up, and you just can’t find the time. Well, a start-up company from Boston, Spritz has found an answer to that: a speed-reading app. Spritz has developed a system that allows people to read at 4 times the average reading speed by streaming individual words, one by one, on the screen in rapid succession. No longer will you need to scroll or swipe to manage your e-readers.
The average adult reader can read at a speed of 250 words per minute, but with this new speed-reading app, Spritz claims that users will be able to read at a speed of up to 1000 words per minute. The user will be able to start at the average speed of 250 words per minute in order to get used to the speed reading style, but eventually they can work their way up to 350 wpm, 500 wpm, and anything up to 1000 wpm. An average news article is around 400 words so you will be able to read 2 articles in just one minute.
Most existing speed-readers use rapid serial visual presentation, which allows you to read faster by eliminating the time spent moving your eyes between words. This technique allows you to visualize 10 items per second because they are all shown in the same place and separated by a color change or something distinctive. Spritz, on the other hand, uses the Optimal Recognition Point (ORP) technique. When a person reads, they spend a lot of time and eye movement searching for an optimal fixation point for each word on the page. According to Spritz, a reader spends only 20% of reading time on actually processing content, and 80% switching from word to word. Spritz eliminates that wasted time by highlighting the ORP in red and aligning each fixation point in the same spot on the screen every time a word appears. This way the ORP never changes and you will only have to focus on one position instead of constantly shifting your eyes left and right. Additionally with Spritz you read every single word and you get better comprehension. Some other speed-reading techniques use skimming and eliminating non-essential words, and while this technique allows you to read faster, it also reduced your comprehension. Spritz has also researched on what the best font to use would be and designed a specific font to enhance visual representation for effective speed-reading.
So far Spritz has received positive feedback from initial test users including readers with dyslexia and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). Try it out for yourself at the Spritz website and see what words per minute you can reach with maximum comprehension.