I don’t think I’m capable of “speed reading”, but after finding out about this upcoming technology and idea – I have to say I think I’m ready to Spritz.
Spritz is a technology and idea based on making it easier for the brain in ingest what its reading by effectively “streaming” words into the brain visually rather than the typical manner of the eye scanning back and forth across a page. In Spritz, the eye focuses on a fixed spot and the words are flashed in sequence at an alarming rate of speed. At first you think, “I can’t keep up with that”, but after a second you realize not only are you easily reading at 330 words per minute, but you’re fully comprehending what you’re reading. Then suddenly almost like a game, ready to ramp up the pace and then reading at 500wpm or more.
Ironically, I’ve been really excited about the new Luc Besson movie, “Lucy”. Yes, that is the ultra-violent Scarlett Johansson summer movie whose premise is she’s a drug mule, the drugs she’s carrying end up turning her into some sort of superhuman capable of 100% usage of her greymatter… Anyway, in the website promo for the movie, they’ve added in the Spritz technology to give an idea of what Lucy is capable of and what you’re capable of. It’s a really cool marriage of technology and entertainment.
You can add an extension to your Chrome browser so when you visit a site, a click of a button takes the content and displays it in a pop-up window where you can control the speed, font and other options. Additionally, there are some reader apps with Spritz built into it, but obviously having it as an option in a Kindle or other mainstream reader app, would be ideal.
Personally, I found myself – after just a few minutes of goofing around with it – reading at 600wmp+. Sometimes having to slow it down or speed up depending on what the topic was. But even at 450wpm, I’ve already blazed far past what I can do via a typical reading of a page.
Below are some examples. Just focus on the letter in red, and just let the words dump into your visual cortex (I don’t even know if that’s a legit thing) and almost instantly you’ll realize you’re reading & comprehending at a good click… Then look at the next example and before you know it 500wpm doesn’t seem all that impossible…
Ok, now try 350:
And, here’s 500wpm
pics via Huffinton Post