I want to measure my reaction time.

My goal is to have a simple way to measure how fast I react.

Something like this:

  • light on the left side, I press a button on the left side
  • light on the right, I press a button on the right.

No running or big movements, just measure time from eye-input to finger/hand movement.

It can be an android app, an app for PC or a standalone device.

I want to practice at home and pay less than 80$.

I want a long term benchmark to see if I am getting better or not.

Background: I am learning tennis and I think my general reaction time is up to now not very good.

I want to check my reaction time daily to get a diagram like this in the long run:

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    If you want to improve your reaction time for tennis, play more tennis.
    – John
    Jan 9 '17 at 10:45
  • @JJosaur This question is about getting a numerical value for my reaction time. This way I can create a chart like in the image above.
    – guettli
    Jan 9 '17 at 12:42
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    @guettli JJosaur is right, however. Adaptations are to specific stimuli. This goes for muscle hypertrophy and doubly for neurological adaptations. Some things are useful in a general sense, such as strength and explosive power for better performance in sports. But if you practice reflexes by pressing buttons when a light comes up, you'll become good at pressing buttons when a light comes up. Not good at tennis. A large part of being good at that is anticipating an opponent's moves and understanding the ball's path, so your reflexes aren't the limiting factor to begin with. Invest time in that.
    – G_H
    Jan 10 '17 at 12:30

Well there is this site that I've used - http://www.humanbenchmark.com/tests/reactiontime

But as likely as everybody else will tell you, go play and train - that's how you're going to improve it.

I'm a runner and running made my reaction times with legs and balance really great - literally I can count on my hand how many times a year I fell on my butt, even during the winter.

Here are some apps but they do the same as the web site:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.chingy1788.reactiontime&hl=en https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.qiwii.Reaction_Time&hl=en https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.SuperAwesome.Fastest&hl=en

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