Samsung Galaxy S5, Gear 2 Devices to debut speed reading technology

(Photo: Spritz Inc.)An example of the Spritz reading technology being displayed on a Samsung S5 phone and a Gear 2 watch is seen in a company photo.

Samsung is including new technology on its upcoming Samsung S5 smartphones and Gear 2 smartwatches that may increase the speed that users read through their e-mails.

The technology, which is being implemented for the first time on the Samsung devices in an email application, is from a company called Spritz, which is providing technology that changes the way readers process text. The devices are expected to be available at retailers in April.

With the phone or watch, readers will process text a word at a time, at different speeds that match a user's comfort level, ranging from 100 to 1000 words per minute, according to a statement from Spritz released last month at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

The technology streams text to the reader to the screen at a fixed point so that the eyes to not need to move from a central viewing point.

Spritz uses Rapid Serial Presentation as the basis of its technology, a technique used by speed readers. The special display technology saves readers time of reading a page from the left side to the right. It puts a text at a spot at a specific speed. The technology also uses an "Optimal Recognition Point" (ORP), which refers to highlighting certain texts so that the eyes do not need to move from a central viewing point.

Spritz says that through testing users, it found they could learn how to use the technology and double their traditional reading speed within just a few minutes of starting. The company says that use of the technology also increased comprehension of the material versus traditional reading.

Dr. Maik Mauerer, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Spritz said the comprehension results "surprised even us." The company is studying whether use of the technology can also help increase a user's traditional reading speed and comprehension.

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