Velocity - Product Stars
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Velocity

Read faster, one word at a time

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Ryan Hoover
Thanks for joining, @mb! How did you come up with this idea?
Matthew Bischoff
Hunter
Came up with the idea for a great mobile app for speed reading while I was in college trying to cram a bunch of information into my brain before tests. I was using a web app called Spreeder at the time, but I really wanted that power in my phone.
Nathan Bashaw
This is awesome! Do you have any stats on how much faster people can read with this vs. a normal text environment?
Lenny Hu
Nice. My mind tends to wander when I read - this is great for locking in my focus.
Tyler York
Hey Matthew, this is really interesting but what is this based off of? Is this a common tactic for speed reading?
Shaan Puri
product demo is great. All it needs is to finish with a bang. Eg. You just read 78 words in 15 seconds. (bar graph showing 78 words in 15 secs dwarfing "average persons" reading speed) with the ability to share that graph.
Ryan Hoover
@shaanvp love that suggestion.
Matthew Bischoff
Hunter
@nbashaw Thanks. We do have some number from some studies on the technique (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rapid_serial_visual_presentation). Researchers from Carnegie Mellon have found that as many as 12 words per second are readable in controlled situations (720wpm). Further research has shown that for shorter pieces of text, RSVP formats increased reading speed by 33% with no significant differences in comprehension or task load.
Matthew Bischoff
Hunter
@LennsHu Thanks a lot. Hope you like the app.
Matthew Bischoff
Hunter
@dty Great question. It is a well-researched technique called Rapid Serial Visual Presentation (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rapid_serial_visual_presentation)
Matthew Bischoff
Hunter
@ShaanVP Love that idea. I'll play with it.
Dave Mulder
Loved that I was able to change the number of words that appear per chunk (I am most comfortable at 4). @mb - Are you grabbing analytics from people who use Velocity? Configuration, number of words read, and how speed changes over time? The long-term value here seems awesome.
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