Bionic reading: promises better, faster and more focused reading

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Bionic Reading is a reading system designed to enhance reading through the use of typographic highlights. The system highlights parts of words in texts to guide the human eye and make the human brain automatically complete words to improve reading speed and text comprehension.

Jiffy Reader is one of the first browser extensions that brings the reading system to web browsers. This is an open source extension already listed on the Chrome Web Store. Users can check out the GitHub repository, as it hosts source code and extension files for Chromium, Firefox, and Opera.

To note: We were unable to install the Firefox add-on because Firefox returned a “corrupt” error during the installation process.

The Chrome extension installs correctly in all Chromium-based browsers, including Chrome and Edge. The extension needs access to all pages that open in the browser. It is disabled by default and displays a configuration window when enabled in the browser toolbar.

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The interface has a toggle to enable or disable the playback system. Since it’s blocked from running automatically by default, tapping the toggle will activate the system on the active webpage. There is a checkbox to enable it by default, but this enables it on all site types, including sites or pages without an article.

When enabled, Bionic Reading bolds parts of all words on the site; it may look like a poorly formatted site to most users on the first try. The system needs time to get used to it.

The extension includes customization options to change the playback system for all sites. The three main options allow users to modify the saccade interval, the strength of the fixations and the height of the line.

The saccade interval is set to 0 by default, which means that parts of most words are highlighted. You can change its value to a positive integer to skip more words. Setting this parameter to 1 will highlight every second or third word only in the text, which may improve readability for some readers.

The fasteners strength parameter defines the strength of the highlight. Setting it to a lower value will reduce the number of highlighted characters in the text, setting it to a higher value may increase it. Row height ultimately changes the height of rows in the article.

Closing words

Bionic Reading is an interesting reading system that may not work for everyone. Some may not like the chaotic display of text, others may find it slows down reading speed due to the seemingly random nature of highlighting.

Chromium users can try it out to see if it improves their comprehension and reading speed.

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Bionic reading: promises better, faster and more focused reading

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Bionic Reading is a reading system designed to enhance reading through the use of typographic highlights.

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