Check out this clever brain hack! A new app making its debut onto Samsung devices, Spritz, promises to help users increase their reading speed to up to 1000 words per minute, roughly the equivalent of an entire Harry Potter novel in a little over an hour. The app works by removing the need for the eyes to scan through lines of text by setting an ideal recognition point for each word and then flashing the words on the screen at a controlled speed. From PCMag:
The technology “removes the inconvenience of scrolling, swiping, squinting and pinching to read on your devices by streaming individual words, one by one, at the user’s desired speed,” according to the Boston-based startup. Developed and tested for more than three years, the technology allows the brain to focus on each word, promoting faster reading and higher information retention.
The most time-consuming part of reading is the eye movement from word to word, Spritz said. The company’s technology takes eye movement out of the equation by streaming individual words inside of a special display called a “redicle,” which helps the eyes position themselves at the exact recognition point for each word.
When testing the app, Spritz found that new users were able to learn how to “spritz,” and double their traditional reading speed, in just a few minutes.
Sai Fah: The Flood Fighter teaches Thai kids flood safety with cute, heroic characters. The 22 lessons within the game are based on real-life scenarios. via The Guardian:
From grappling with runaway crocodiles to avoiding electrocution, a new mobile phone app aims to teach children across the Asia-Pacific region how to stay safe when floods strike.
Following the deluge in Thailand in 2011, which killed more than 800 people, the UN agency Unesco’s Bangkok office has teamed up with software developers OpenDream to create Sai Fah: The Flood Fighter. Players can follow the cartoon hero Sai Fah as he battles a flood on his way to meet his mother, with each level of the game offering a lesson in flood safety.
Gaming is hugely popular among Thai youth. A recent study found that 72% of youngsters own a mobile phone and 49% use their device for gaming. “In Thailand, people love mobiles, particularly iPhones and Android, so this was the target audience,” explains Ichiro Miyazawa, the Unesco Bangkok programme specialist for literacy and lifelong learning. “We wanted to make characters in the game cute so people feel an attachment to them.”
Sai Fah: The Flood Fighter was launched in Thai language last month; this week the game was released in English on iOS and Android platforms.
OpenDream’s project manager, Nathalie Sajda, says the biggest challenge while designing the game was balancing entertainment with education: “To integrate learning lessons in a fun interactive way with the player – this is what makes the game interesting.”
New Android App, Power Sleep utilizes a user’s phone’s down time to solve difficult protein sequences from the Similarity Matrix of Proteins (SIMAP) database to contribute to scientific research aimed at furthering medical advancements in areas like genetics, biochemistry, and cancer research.
From The Verge:
Power Sleep — which was backed by Samsung, and made by its former in-house marketing agency Cheil — doubles as an alarm clock designed to replace whatever alarm people were using before. Once set, the app begins grabbing packets of data to crunch, which are about 1MB in size, then sending them back when the process is complete.