April 08, 2014
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12:33, Neuzd> I just noticed something on the spritz website: in the language selection there's the USA flag.
12:47, Kristos> I wish they would demo an entire book on the Spritz website.
12:55, Neuzd> Well, you yourself could sign up with the program to port public domain books to spritz.
14:04, Kristos> I'd rather invest in (or create) open source Spritz-like software. (Is Spritz even available for PC? I don't have any fancy gadgets.)
14:10, Neuzd> Apparently only web. And as for the open source spritz like thing, I wouldn't even try for fear of patent infringement issues.
19:25, Cryoburner whispers: I suspect they use a US flag because they're located in the US and Germany. And US English is slightly different from British english, so it could be considered its own language, even if it probably doesn't make any difference in this context. :)
19:33, Cryoburner> Spritz itself is based on prior speed-reading techniques, so you could probably avoid infringement issues by not copying it directly.
19:41, Cryoburner> Creating a piece of software of comparable quality might require more work than you imagine though, as I'm pretty sure they've created a database of most words in the dictionary with timing and positioning data.
20:09, Cryoburner> Their patent application seems to mainly focus on the positioning of characters around a recognition point... http://www.faqs.org/patents/app/20140016867
20:16, Cryoburner whispers: A serial speed reader without a similarly derived recognition point, perhaps with just timing based on word length, might not work quite as well, but shouldn't run into potential issues if their patent were approved.