On mobile rapid-fire reading
~ 28 July 2005 ~
Wow, this is just too insane to pass up before diving into a series about mobile design. Cleve Miller (English360) just pointed me to an article from Mobile Magazine, “Tech by Design: Rapid-Fire Reading on Your Cell Phone”:
There’s only so much text you can cram onto a small display before it becomes illegible, and when the text is large you have to press the Next button a lot, which interrupts your reading flow. There’s a possible solution to the problem that doesn’t require devices with bigger displays. In fact, the displays could be even smaller than they are now. It’s called “rapid serial visual presentation” (RSVP for short), and it involves displaying text one word at a time on a phone or handheld screen.
And apparently RSVP is nothing new, having been readily available for several years now. The article suggests BJ Fogg has been doing it for four years and claims he can read 700 words a minute.
Try the RSVP demo. Adjust the speed to your liking. Can you digest it after a few tries? Or does it send your head for a spin? And is this truly a viable form of reading (do you remember anything you just read)?
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