92. Bright Idea: Tivo Reaction Time Compensation December 15, 2006Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Product.
On your DVR, you fast-forward through commercials, but need to resume to regular speed once your show comes back on. Tivo has a built-in reaction time compensation feature, so it resumes normal playback speed at your intended point (usually a few seconds before the point you pressed the play button on). That is, it compensates for the natural delay in your reaction time, and returns you to the point where you actually wanted to resume watching.
Tivo must have done studies to determine people’s average reaction speed. Determine your reaction speed HERE (I am averaging 0.22 seconds).
This Tivo function is incredibly convenient, almost magical. Alas, it is not on my Comcast DVR, sadly, because Tivo has the patent on it (who knew? read about this here). This sucks, until I can afford the new HD Tivo.