Speed-Reading Reborn for Smartphones, Smartwatches

Scientific American:

Speed-reading is either a productivity enhancer or a gimmick that lets people gobble up content without really understanding or retaining what they’ve read. This debate—dating back to the late 1950s—resurfaced recently when Samsung integrated the new Spritz speed-reading app into the high-profile Galaxy S5 smartphone and Gear 2 smartwatchlaunched last month.

Spritz streams words one at a time inside an onscreen display box called a “redicle.” Samsung’s devices will initially let users speed read e-mails, but the software can be modified to work with text messages, social media feeds, maps and other digital content, according to the eponymous Boston-based start-up that developed the app.

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