On the Internet, we are exposed to so much content that it is often difficult to concentrate, especially when reading long articles or those that require extra concentration.
Fready is a new extension for Google Chrome designed precisely to help us in this direction, and its creators ensure that if we install it, we can be more focused and read faster.
“Screens are void on playback”
The video presentation of this new tool starts with this sentence, and shows how the experience of reading an article is different if we have installed Fready in Google Chrome.
The creators of this new application claim that they have based themselves on different scientific studies that state that our eyes have trouble staying focused when we read on a screen.
“You can guide your eyes to the right path by increasing your concentration and speed. This may be something you can already do with a finger by marking words in physical books.
This is the key to this tool, since ” by placing the eyes on the pointer (scientifically designed), allows the brain to channel all the energy to understand the context, since the eyes are guided at an optimized rhythm for efficient reading”.
As is the case with services like Pocket, each time we want to read an article or a news item in Fready, we will have to click on the icon that appears in the extension bar of Chrome. However, we will first have to create a free account in the service and log in.
By clicking on the button when we are on a page, we can either save it (“save”) or read it directly (“read”) in Fready . By doing so, we will see that the page turns into a more minimalist experience, in which the text takes on a more important role.
We’ll have to press the space bar to start , and we’ll see that a yellow marker will guide us along the text (as if we were guiding our finger on a page).
There is a “Pro” mode if you want to attach books and read them with Fready
Fready automatically estimates the required reading time for the article you are viewing , calculated according to your personal reading speed. However, at the bottom left, we can define our WPM (number of words per minute) and the design of the tool.
We can use all this without paying a cent, and there is a “Pro” mode that allows us to read books this way (for example, by attaching a .PDF file). We will have to pay 2.99 euros per month if we want to use this extra feature.
The truth is that when you try it , you feel that all the “noise” generated around the Internet reading experience disappears, and it is very useful for long articles or articles with more dense content than usual.
Anyway, I think it will be interesting to leave it installed for a while , to adjust our reading rhythm and see how this experience evolves over the weeks.