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Live Ink

May - 15 - 2007
Nicole C. Engard

Via VentureBeat:

Did you know our primitive brains weren't wired very well to read this paragraph?

Scientific research conducted by Walker Reading Technologies, a small Minnesota startup that has been studying our ability to read for the last ten years, has concluded that the natural field of focus for our eyes is circular, so our eyes view the printed page as if we're peering through a straw.

And a very bad-behaving straw at that, because not only do our eyes feed our brain the words we're reading, they're also uploading characters and words from the two sentences above and below the line we're reading.

I totally agree!! I always find that my eyes have wandered to another paragraph or line when reading online … and in print … but more online.

The solution is Live Ink:

Live Ink works by analyzing written language for meaning and language structure, and then applies algorithms that reformat the text into a series of short, cascading phrases. It breaks complex syntax into simpler syntax, which makes it easier for the brain to absorb the material.

You can see a screenshot of what it does – I’m not sure it’s the best answer – but at least research is being done.

I’m one of those people who likes to print out long articles or e-books so that I can read them in print – maybe I won’t want to do that anymore.

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