A Boston-based software developer recently released an app that could help you become a much faster reader, to the point that you can process as much as 500 words per minute.
What they did was create a line of wearable technology in conjunction with Samsung which is designed to place words in a fixed location called the Optimal Recognition Point. What this means is they flash the words so that you don’t read them by moving your eyes (also known as decoding). Instead, you look at one fixed location while the words appear and the letter that represents the ORP is colored in red.
You can give it a shot at different speeds by checking out this link on Elite Daily. But first, let’s discuss the Pros and Cons of this technology.
- If you have a list of books you want to read soon, this type of software could help you get through them.
- You can process the words so much faster than if you decoded them one at a time.
- You can easily find the time to get the reading done and still have time for anything else you want to do with your life.
- Rushing through a novel is not a rewarding experience. You’re supposed to contemplate the message in a good novel rather than speed through it.
- You may not get the same amount of reading comprehension as you would if you could take your time with the reading.
- You’ll miss a lot of salient points if you process the words that quickly. Even if you do understand what you are reading, you aren’t given enough time to contemplate the implications of a text.
Perhaps for some texts, it doesn’t quite matter how fast you get through them. Ask anyone who’s read 50 Shades of Gray and they’ll tell you it was not exactly the most in depth novel of all time. You can pretty much skip past most of it and not really miss much.
If and when this rolls out, you might enjoy challenging yourself to a higher reading speed. It might be fun to have news articles made available in this format so that we can get up to speed on what’s happening in the world while we have our morning coffee.