Spritz: reading novels in under 90 minutes
It sounds like a magic pill, something that is too good to be true; a technology that can learn you to read faster. Yet Spritz is anything but that. The inventors of the technology discovered that while reading you spend most time on moving your eyes across the page, to focus on the right words.
In fact, while you are reading you spend only 20 percent of your time actually recording information and you waste 80 percent controlling your eyes. Sin right? The creators of Spritz came up with a solution which eliminates the movement of the eyes. Obviously the only way to do that is centering each word in your field of vision and that’s exactly what Spritz does. So, instead of reading text on a page the text is presented by rapidly successive words, all of which are centered so that your eyes do not have to move a millimetre. Thus, you are almost 100 percent of your time working on recording information and not with the management of your eyes.
Spritz claims that each word we read has its own Optimal Recognition Point. If we process that we are able to grasp the meaning of the word much faster. Spritz highlights this Optimal Recognition Point by marking a single letter in each word red. The words are shown in a large font on your screen, showing up in quick progression at any speed you want. It has been developed for quite a while and has recently been released for portable devices which are supported by iOS and Android (Samsung Galaxy S5 and Gear 2).
Does it actually work?
People might read faster but do they also comprehend the text they are reading? Penn Schoen Berland tested “spritzing,” against traditional reading in overall reading speeds and comprehension. The study showed that even though Spritz readers are reading at a faster rate, they retained a comparable size of information as traditional readers. Although these results seem convincing a critical comment is that the research has been sponsored by Spritz.
Have you ever tried Spritz or one of the apps that uses the Spritz technology? And how did you experience it? You can try it on http://www.spritzinc.com!
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