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Coming on the Gear 2, Spritz could make reading emails on a smartwatch a breeze
Everybody agrees that reading more than a few words on a tiny smartwatch screen is a pain. Reading lengthy emails or other long body of text is almost out of the question. Spritz can change that.
Spritz is a speed reading technology that app developers can integrate into their products. What Spritz does is completely change the way text is displayed for reading, by showing you just one word at a time. Here’s how the makers of the tech describe this “word streaming” technique:
Now, with compact text streaming from Spritz, content can be streamed one word at a time, without forcing your eyes to spend time moving around the page. Spritz makes streaming your content easy and more comfortable, especially on small displays. Our “Redicle” technology enhances readability even more by using horizontal lines and hash marks to direct your eyes to the red letter in each word, so you can focus on the content that interests you. Best of all, Spritz’s patent-pending technology can integrate into photos, maps, videos, and websites to promote more effective communication.
According to Boston-based Spritz Inc, using this method can help you double your reading speed or more, without affecting comprehension. That’s possible thanks to the clever way words are centered in the reading box, which makes it possible to read without moving your eyes at all. That’s important because moving your eyeballs to focus on words is not only time consuming, but also the main cause of reading fatigue. This is how reading with this technique differs from regular reading:
Back at MWC, Samsung announced that its Galaxy S5 and Gear 2 smartwatch will be the first devices to make use of Spritz, and, seeing it in action makes us excited for the technology, especially when it comes to wearables applications. Here’s how the app works on a first-gen Gear, courtesy of Engadget.
And here are shots of Spritz integrated in Samsung’s email app on the S5 and on the Gear 2.
In the coming weeks, Spritz will release an SDK that will allow any dev to build its speed reading tech into their application. More than 12,000 devs have expressed interest in the SDK so far, and it’s easy to see why. And it’s not only for smartwatches, as Spritz could be integrated in a variety of apps, from messaging apps to ebook readers.
For now, you can try a demo of Spritz here, or check out one of the several Spritz-like Chrome extensions, like Spreed or Sprint Reader