Read Harry Potter books in a few hours? New tech may make it possible

A new technology that is set to make its debut in April could one day make it possible for users to read Harry Potter books in just a few hours.

Spritz, as the technology is called, makes it easy for users to read as quickly as 1,000 words per minute by focusing users’ eyes on a single word at a time. The company says its technology places each word at the optimal location on the screen, ensuring users can rapidly recognize them.

“This method makes communication faster, easier and more effective by removing the inefficient eye movements associated with traditional reading,” Spritz said in a statement.

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According to the company, with traditional reading, users spend 80% of their time simply moving their eyes and only 20% actually processing content.


A demo of Spritz’s technology can be found on the company’s website.

Spritz is set to launch in April as a feature with the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone and the Gear 2 smartwatch.

“With the growth of wearable devices, Spritz’s patent-pending technology will enable Samsung device users to read emails comfortably and conveniently -- one streaming word at a time,” the company said in a statement.

Spritz said it is working on enabling its technology so it can also be used to read text messages, social media streams, web content and digital books.

At 1,000 words per minute, users could potentially read the shortest Harry Potter book -- “The Sorcerer’s Stone,” which is about 77,000 words long -- in a little more than an hour. The longest book -- “The Order of the Phoenix,” which is about 257,000 words long -- could be read in a little more than four hours.

However, Spritz said it has not yet decided when its technology will be made available for e-books.

For those wondering if it is possible to remember the things they read using Spritz, the company said that its tests have shown that retention levels with Spritz are at least as good as they are with traditional reading techniques.


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