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New app helps you read more words-per-minute

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Spritz is a company that makes a speed-reading technology which allows you to get through a mass of text, reading every word, in a fraction of the time it would take if you were turning the pages of a book or swiping through a Kindle. The basis of Spritz’s concept is that much of the time spend reading is “wasted” on moving your eyes from side to side, from one word to the next. By flashing the words quickly, one after the other, all in the same place, eye movement is reduced almost to zero. All that’s left is the time you take to process the word before the next one appears.

Reading, it’s so inefficient. Most people move their eyes back and forth over a page, wasting precious time. A new app flashes the words directly into your eye to help you speed-read like a pro.  The speed-reading app comes from Spritz, a Boston-based startup that created technology for users to read text without moving their eyes. It works by displaying one word at a time in a 13-character space. A red letter with the word marks the “optimal recognition point,” where our brain understands the word’s meaning. Hat tip Dvice. The company spent three years developing the technique. They say Spritz can be learned in five minutes, and several subjects participating in early testing were able to read — and comprehend – 900 words per minute. They were tested on comprehension afterward to check. Most subjects managed to double their reading speeds.

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