Smartphone App Offers the Ability to Read a Novel in 90 Minutes
Published on: 6th Mar 2014
By: Ian Mansfield
A smartphone and tablet app is about to leave stealth mode that claims it can considerably speed up how fast people can read a book or other reading material.
Boston-based software developer Spritz is now ready to launch its service, which is based on flashing the words in front of the eyes so that they don't scan left to right (or right to left in some cultures).
The company is reported to have signed a deal to embed the software into Samsung's wearable devices, where screenspace is at a premium.
Although there have been apps in the past that flash words onto a screen in a static location, what Spritz does is slightly different in that they found that each word has a different "center of gravity", and they modify the position of the word slightly so that it is easier to read.
It appears, that for this service at least, the "Optimal Recognition Point" (ORP) is slightly left of the center of each word, and is the precise point at which our brain deciphers each jumble of letters.
Spritz 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, the aim is that the eyes don't move at all as users see the words, and can therefore process information instantaneously rather than spend time decoding each word.