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So I ran across THIS article. As always, IFLS does an amazing job of breaking down and explaining things, although really, this one isn’t too complicated.
Basically, there’s this new thing called Spritz. Basically, the people who made Spritz want to revolutionize reading.
Polonius: What do you read, my lord?
Hamlet: Words, words, words.
When I saw IFLS’s title, “Read a Novel in 90 Minutes With a Smartphone App,” I was skeptical. How was an app going to make people read faster? Well… I’m somewhat convinced.
I already read faster than the statistical average (I don’t know how much faster), so when I tried the first “level,” it actually felt frustratingly slow to me. But then it picked up speed, and then some more, until I had to go back a “level” and repeat it a couple times before moving ahead. This thing has potential.
I strongly urge you to check this Spritz thing out. (Link is to their homepage, which has a demo.)
However, I did run into two problems. One: blinking.
The Doctor: “Don’t Blink. Blink and you’re dead. Don’t turn your back. Don’t look away. And don’t blink. Good Luck.”
If you get distracted, get something in your eye, or blink too slowly, you can miss a LOT in a very short period of time. What will they do about this? Use the camera to track where your eye is looking and pause if it looks away? (That’s kinda creepy, but okay.)
Problem two: Lag.
My internet happened to be kinda iffy when I went to their page, and even slight lag was making me miss whole words, often multiples in a row. So processing speed would be a BIG deal for this app.
Regardless, it’s fascinating stuff with potential. I hope they get what they need to fund and develop this app to all it can be.
So, what do you think? Would you try this for something novel-length? Do you think this app has a future? Let me know in the comments!