Speed Reading by Technology


Often, people miss out on news because they simply don't have time to read the full article. Here are a few different ways that you can use technology to save you time reading online. 



What you see above is the basic concept behind this technology, Rapid Serial Visual Presentation or RSVP. The idea has been around since the 70s, but not easily implemented for the general public. 

Centering the words based on the 'key' letter in each one. This helps you read in a split second. When it's flashing by, you focus there and catch the whole word. It looks a bit like this:

Currently, I'm up to about 720 words per minute. Just select the text I want to read and hit alt+x then enter. I prefer it on desktop in chrome, where the letters are large and I can stand back a bit from the screen. 

The one I use is Sprint Reader, it seems really great and is free. It's pretty customizable, and has a lot wider range of options than some of the others I tried. 

I didn't like many of the mobile ones much, but I think a lot of that was because of the small screen and it only taking up a small portion of the screen. 

There are a lot of different programs that can do this.  I'm not really concerned about comparing them all, but LMGTFY

It is kind of weird for though. When I was a kid, rapid learning / information gathering through speed text was a thing of science fiction. Now I can read thousands of words in minutes. 

If only I could write as fast.

I wonder how many other generations had to deal with things that were barely conceived as possible in early life are reality 10-20 years later?