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The speed-reading app that wants you to read at 1,000wpm

Spritz has you focusing on one word at a time using “Redicle” technology, a method that uses horizontal lines and hash marks to direct your eyes to the red letter in each word.

How Spritz would look on the Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 smartwatch.
How Spritz would look on the Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 smartwatch.
Image: Spritzinc.com

WHEN SAMSUNG ANNOUNCED the Galaxy S5 and the Gear 2 on Monday, a feature some may have missed wasn’t to do with fitness or lifestyle, but speed-reading.

What Spritz does is by no means a new idea – there are a lot of speed reading apps and sites out there already – but what it does different is it makes you focus on a particular point in a word.

It uses what the developers call “Redicle,” a method that uses horizontal lines and hash marks to direct your eyes to the red letter in each word. This allows you to focus on the centre of each word meaning you give it your full attention.

The app allows you to read at speeds between 100 – 1,000 words per minute (wpm) So to give an example, here’s how it would look at 250wpm.

image(GIF: Spritzinc.com)

If that’s a little too slow, you can crank it up a little. Here’s what you would see if you went for 500wpm.

image(GIF: Spritzinc.com)

The company behind the app was founded in 2012 and the purpose of the app is to read email, articles and other messages on small screens at speed. Since the Gear 2 smartwatch has a tiny screen, it will make messages that much easier to read and understand, but it also has its uses for smartphone screens too.

The app is privately funded and investment was led by Denis O’Brien, the founder and chairman of Digicel.

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