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An app that lets you read War & Peace in a day

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A new speed reading application claims it can improve our reading speeds to up to 1,000 words a minute.

Spritz, a Boston-based startup, has developed an application which flashes up a single word at a time, with one of the letters shown in red. Rather than having to move our eyes from left to right and then back again, the red letter focuses our eyes on to the "Optimal Recognition Point" (ORP) within each word, allowing us to recognize the word's meaning as quickly as possible.

If you look at this website's samples, you can speed read between 250 and 600 words per minute in multiple languages. The creators say:

"When reading, only around 20 percent of your time is spent processing content. The remaining 80 percent is spent physically moving your eyes from word to word and scanning for the next ORP. With Spritz we help you get all that time back."

The technology will be pre-installed on the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Gear 2. While there is no launch date for stand-alone iOS or Android applications, the firm says it is currently in negotiations to offer the speed reader on the open market. It is likely to be useful for those who need to rapidly plough through emails and reports.

At a word count of approximately 560,000 words, anyone fancy reading War & Peace?

Read on: The Telegraph

Image credit: Spritz

— By on March 10, 2014, 7:51 AM PST

Charlie Osborne

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Charlie Osborne is a freelance journalist and photographer based in London. In addition to SmartPlanet, she also writes for business technology website ZDNet and consumer technology site CNET. She holds a degree in medical anthropology from the University of Kent. Follow her on Twitter. Disclosure