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App allows you to speed read

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App allows you to speed read

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED Mar 9, 2014

Boston-based software developer Spritz has awakened from "stealth mode" and is hoping to change the way we read with a new app on Samsung Galazy S5 phone and Samsung Gear 2 watch. Spritz has experimented with the reading program for an estimated three years.

According to the Huffington Post, "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," reports Elite Daily. "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."

"When reading, only around 20% of your time is spent processing content. The remaining 80% is spent physically moving your eyes from word to word and scanning for the next ORP," reports Spritz

"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," Elite Daily further explains. "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."

Spritz is confident that this reading technique at the speeds of 250 to 1,000 words a minute can be learned in less than five minutes. The company also believes that if you take an extended break and return, you would still be able to return to your previous speed with no catch-up practice.

 

Julianne Cassidy

Julianne Cassidy

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A city girl gone country, Julianne Cassidy is a newly Nashville-based entertainment journalist from Philadelphia.