Friday, July 15, 2005

Reading phone text one word at a time

You don’t have to squint anymore when trying to read text on your cell phone. Stanford University researchers think they have hit upon a better way: Do it one word at a time.
The technique, known as Rapid Serial Visual Presentation, or RSVP, makes up for the tiny screens on mobile phones by presenting just one word at a time in the center of the screen for a fraction of a second before moving on to the next word. As a result, each word is far easier to read than is the case with standard presentations, in which a sentence or two of much smaller type scroll across the screen at a time.
In a demo version of the software, called BuddyBuzz, the user gets to decide how fast the text scrolls. Those who learn to read words without pronouncing them in their heads can actually read as many as 1,000 words a minute, making it potentially far faster than traditional methods of scrolling.


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