If learning how to speed read seems too much of a task, this is good news for you. It appears that technology will be paving the way for those of us who want to learn how to speed read the easy way. It’s called Spritz and it’s catching on.
What is Spritz?
Spritz is a new technology that is designed to help us read faster. According to the research, we spend 80% of our reading time moving our eyes from word to word searching for the ORP – optimal recognition point. This is the part of the word our eyes look for before we can start to process the meaning of the word.
When you read a word, your eyes naturally fixate at one point in that word, which visually triggers the brain to recognize the word and process its meaning. Each time you see text that is not centered properly on the ORP position, your eyes naturally will look for the ORP to process the word and understand its meaning. This requisite eye movement creates a “saccade”, a physical eye movement caused by your eyes taking a split second to find the proper ORP for a word. Every saccade has a penalty in both time and comprehension, especially when you start to speed up reading.
How does Spritz Work?
In a nutshell, Spritz saves us reading time by making us more efficient when we read. It helps us in three ways:
- It streams the words so we don’t waste time having to move our eyes over the words as we scan for the next ORP.
- It highlights the ORP so you don’t waste time having to look for it.
- It reduces the number of times our eyes pass over the words for our brains to make sense of them.
- It establishes a reading rhythm for optimal reading and comprehension.
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How can I Spritz it?
You can Spritz it almost anywhere…
- Spritz the net - download this spritzlet and you can spritz any page on the web.
- Readsy - this site allows you to cut and paste text, pull from a URL or upload a PDF file.
- ReadMe! - this is an ePub reader with Spritz. Convert your ePub books to Spritz or download new ones from Project Gutenberg (45,000 books), Manybooks (29,000 titles), Feedbooks, OpenLibrary (1M+ books) and the Internet Archive (2.5M+ titles).
Check this page for updates to see where else you can Spritz from.
So if you have ever wanted to be able to read a book in 90 minutes, Spritz will help you get there…