There are a few popular implementations of speed-readers online. But most are dated, clunky, or exclusive to mobile. So I decided to take a stab at building my own.
Here is the result of a weekend hack:
Spritz was the the main inspiration for this project (for a live demo check out Readsy or watch a Tech Crunch interview with the founder).
Some great features in this implementation:
- Variable display duration based on word length and position
- Optimized word’s center alignment based on length
Some shortcomings in this implementation:
- Quoted and parenthesized text is difficult to identify
- Few or poor controls
- Little or no customization
- No progress indicators
- No traversal through original text available
- No alternate modes for scrolling, chunking, or sliding text.
With these notes, I started hacking away. I gave myself a weekend to complete a working demo.
Try using my reader to re-read what you just read
(You can use the controls to pause, skip, and modify speed. Hit escape to reset if it gets buggy when skipping)
Check out the full demo.