Yes, 1000+ words on your Gear2 smart watch. That’s a lot of words to read in 5 minutes, let alone in one minute. How? Just one word at a time. It’s done by an app developed by Spritz, a Boston start-up company that found a way to improve the use of small screens like the ones on watches. If you take a look through their link you can get a pretty good idea!
Most reading time is used to move your eyes and head along words and sentences. By spritzing up words one by one that time can be used for fast reading.
Spritz isn’t the only app around that will help you speed up your reading. There’s velocity which shows words in quick succession but Spritz claims it’s differing because of their unique way to focus your eyes to a singe point. That’s the fixation point or the optimal recognition point. According to them that point, most of the time, is found slightly to the left of the center of a word. That allows your eyes to skip some words and yet get the meaning of the sentence. As I understand it your brain is doing two things at a time: Recognize the words and combine them to a meaning in stead of combining words to a meaning whilst reading a full sentence. The single word approach has another advantage: You’re not distracted by other words or sentences that appear near the words you’re reading.
“When reading, only around 20 per cent of your time is spent processing content. The remaining 80 per cent is spent physically moving your eyes from word to word and scanning,” explained Spritz on its website. “With Spritz we help you get all that time back.”
Spritz isn’t about skipping or skimming as you would have learned in fast reading courses. It highlights the optimal recognition points in red, and the system positions each word so that the recognition point is at the same location of your screen. As you reduce the time to move your eyeballs and give your brain time to process you should be able to read almost 1.000 words per minute. All you need are the app, the wearable and some 5 minutes to get used to it. And getting used to it I guess.
Spritz supports English, Spanish, French, German, and Korean.