Social media and technology blogs are excited about latest, speed-reading technology called, Spritz.
Spritz is a free application that makes it easy to train yourself to read faster and is a great way to engage with content in the digital age.
Spritz manipulates the format of words to more appropriately line them up with the eye’s natural motion of reading. They call this the “Optimal Recognition Point” (ORP). After your eyes locate the ORP, your brain starts to process the meaning of the word that you are reading. The ORP is slightly left of the center of each word. Spritz makes that letter red and presents all of the ORPs at the same space on the screen, in a large and reader-friendly font.
Instead of showing you lines of text the way we are all accustomed to, the Spritz box flashes you the words one at a time at speeds from 250 words to 1000 words per minute. This eliminates the need to move your eyes around a page and trains a person to read at a faster pace than normal.
Starting out at a comfortable pace and slowly building up to faster speeds is the way to go. If you jump right in at 1000 words per minute, you are going to have problems with comprehension and retention because your brain hasn’t adjusted to that reading speed.
You can Spritz any page on the web with the official Spritz bookmarklet.