Check out this clever brain hack! A new app making its debut onto Samsung devices, Spritz, promises to help users increase their reading speed to up to 1000 words per minute, roughly the equivalent of an entire Harry Potter novel in a little over an hour. The app works by removing the need for the eyes to scan through lines of text by setting an ideal recognition point for each word and then flashing the words on the screen at a controlled speed. From PCMag:
The technology “removes the inconvenience of scrolling, swiping, squinting and pinching to read on your devices by streaming individual words, one by one, at the user’s desired speed,” according to the Boston-based startup. Developed and tested for more than three years, the technology allows the brain to focus on each word, promoting faster reading and higher information retention.
The most time-consuming part of reading is the eye movement from word to word, Spritz said. The company’s technology takes eye movement out of the equation by streaming individual words inside of a special display called a “redicle,” which helps the eyes position themselves at the exact recognition point for each word.
When testing the app, Spritz found that new users were able to learn how to “spritz,” and double their traditional reading speed, in just a few minutes.