You will soon be able to read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in less time than it takes to watch the movie. Or at least that’s the promise of Spritz, a company whose speed reading software suggests that readers process text one flashing word at a time.
Here’s what you need to know about Spritz and the science behind this reading system:
1. 80% of the Time You Spend Reading, You’re Just Moving Your Eyes
According to Spritz, only 20 percent of your reading time is spent actually processing content. The rest is unnecessarily wasted, moving your eyes from one word to the next. Spritz aims to save you that time by converting your chosen blog post, email, or ebook into a flashing stream of verbiage.
Here’s what it looks like at 250 words per minute:
And at 350 wpm:
While Spritz advertises that many users can comfortably work their way up to 1,000 wpm, the highest available for sampling is 500:
2. Spritz Isn’t the First to Suggest Reading One Word at a Time
The Huffington Post notes that Spritz isn’t the first to suggest the future of reading will be reached one word at a time. The Velocity app also presents readers with words in quick succession, and RSVP Reader for Firefox allows readers to customize how many words they want flashed at their eyeballs, and at what speed.
3. Spritz’s Innovation Is Emphasizing ‘Optimal Recognition Points’
What distinguishes Spritz from these previous applications is its focus on Optimal Recognition Points, or “ORPs.” According to Spritz, when we read our eyes fixate on one point in each word, which triggers our recognition of its meaning. No other flashing reader readjusts the position of words so that the ORP is always at the center of the reader’s vision. Without this readjustment, split-seconds are lost on each word as the eye scans to relocate the ORP. Spritz prints the ORP in red to make it even more immediately identifiable.
4. It’s Especially Well Suited for Mobile Reading
Spritz allows a reader to tackle War and Peace on surfaces as small as a smartwatch, and eliminate the need for scrolling or zooming.
5. The Samsung Galaxy S5 & Gear2 Will Ship With Spritz Pre-Installed
After three years toiling in self-described “Stealth” mode out in Boston, Spritz will roll into the world on the back of Samsung’s mobile devices. The company will seek to integrate with current content publishers and developers, advertising that “since most of the work performed in the engine is text processing, extremely high spritzing speeds can be achieved, even on legacy devices and systems.”
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