These days the phrase went viral on social networks “Bionic Reading”. What is it about? It is a platform that speeds up reading time. It can be tested from the web, as well as downloading the extension in Chrome or using it from the app available for iOS.
The development was done by a Swiss typography design expert named Renato Casutt. The system is based on a method that guides the reader through the text in which different points are highlighted. The user focuses only on the initial syllables of words and the brain automatically fills in the rest.
The brain thus scans the information through the highlighted items to achieve faster reading and comprehension. At one point this is reminiscent of the speed reading techniques that became popular in the 1990s.
“Your brain is a super computer and it reads very well. Bionic Reading revises the texts so that the most concise parts of the words are highlighted. Thus, the eye is guided by the text and the brain remembers previously learned words more quickly”, reads the official site.
The objective of the platform is to serve as support in the understanding of large volumes of text. “We see technological progress as an opportunity for all those who want to increase the pleasure of reading in a focused way and without distractions, in a noisy and hectic world”, is mentioned on the page.
According to Casutt in a Twitter thread, The idea of creating a platform to optimize the reading process came up in 2009 when I was studying type design, but only started development in 2016. It took many years of trial and error until it finally released a first version in 2020, which it then optimized until the edition that is available to date.
“What now seems so simple is based on a matrix that I designed to make bionic reading available as an individual reading method. So that each reader can use their own reading settings, “says Casutt in a tweet.
The system offers the reader several customization optionsn so that you have an experience to your liking, as will be detailed below.
Also, Bionic Reading offers an API for other developers to integrate this reading solution to their platforms or applications.
How to test the tool
The easiest way to try Bionic Reading is by going to the page official. From the web it is possible to use the system in a few steps and at no cost. AHere you can enter the text or URL in the dialog window or drag or add a file. The platform supports the following extensions: XT, RTF, RTFD, EPUB or DOCX.
Once the material has been uploaded, in a few seconds the system will return the text with different highlighted parts so that the information can be quickly scanned. As mentioned above, the method assumes that ehe brain is capable of interpreting words and the meaning of a text just by seeing certain highlighted syllables.
In the upper margin you will see a menu with several customization options. It is possible to condense or expand the letters, modify the alignment of the text, change the brightness, as well as the font and font size. Each selected option is instantly reflected in the text.
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