A feature coming to the new Samsung Gear 2 smartwatch and Galaxy S5 smartphone could revolutionize how people read.
Called Spritz, the technology streams single words much faster than the average reading speed of 220 words per minute. Spritz highlights the “Optimal Recognition Point,” which is the point where the human brain recognized a word, and highlights it in red. Each word is displayed in the “Redicle” to keep the ORP in the exact same position, meaning the eyes don’t have to move from word to word as in traditional reading.
According to Spritz, the Boston-based company behind the technology, some users are “spritzing” at speeds of 1,000 words per minute, making it possible to read long novels in just a few hours. The company also claimed that reading with Spritz not only boosts speed, but increases reading comprehension.
Here is a demonstration of Spritz working on 250 words per minute.
And now at 500 words per minute:
The app was been in stealth mode since 2012, but will be introduced to the public as way to read emails on the Samsung Gear 2 and Galaxy S5 without having to scroll, swipe, squint or zoom.
“As smart devices continue to change shape and become increasingly smaller, Spritz enables users to read comfortably and conveniently,” Frank Waldman, the co-founder and chief executive officer of Spritz, said in a press release. “Our technology can be used to read emails, text messages, social media streams, maps or web content and can be integrated onto any mobile device -- the options are almost limitless.”
Spritz said that new users are able to double their traditional reading speed within minutes. After experimenting at the office, International Business Times staffers had no problem comprehending text streamed at 600 words per minute on their first use.
Spritz is offered in English, Spanish, French, German, Russian and Korean. While it will debut on the Samsung Gear 2 and the Galaxy S5, Spritz said it will make the technology available for other operating systems, apps and websites.
You can try out Spritz at their website.