Developers, what do you do when you don’t feel like testing your apps yourself? You built a LEGO Mindstorms robot to do the job for you. That’s basically what researchers and developers at the Pheromone Lab did recently.
How will alarm clocks wake thee? Let us count the ways. Here’s another innovative idea that will force both your body and your mind to wake up. Designed by Oliver Sha, the IQ Alarm Clock presents users between 1 to 3 multiple choice questions that they have to answer correctly in order to shut off its alarm.
You might look at this LEGO robot that the Kno dev team is using to test the gestures support of a Kno Textbook tablet and wonder why – but I totally get it. As a guy that tests more products than I care to think about most days it gets really, really tedious sometimes.
Gamespy invites gamers to test just how hard their cores are with the Hardcore Gamer Aptitude Test, or HGAT. The multiple choice test spans an annoyingly diverse selection of questions, from history – which includes historical facts about games, memes and consoles – to video game analogies, and just to screw with us, math.
The guys at Futuremark just took wraps off the latest version of their 3DMark benchmarking suite, and it’s guaranteed to put your graphic chipset through the most aggressive set of tests it’s ever been tasked with.
The new version of the software is designed to exercise the latest in DirectX 11 gaming technology featuring such challenges as volumetric lighting, tessellation, depth of field and lens effects in real time.
The Armory has a 100-item Nerd Purity Test with questions ranging from reasonable (Have you ever programmed a computer?) to absurd (Do you know the Latin name for the fruit fly?) to just plain hilarious (Is your weight less than your IQ?).
Citizens of the United States of America, young and old, noob or hardcore, Xbox loyalist, Wii fanatic or PS3 fanboy, hear ye hear ye! Microsoft is looking for video game testers! The most likely location of the “Playtest facility” will be in Microsoft’s Seattle compound, but they’re encouraging everyone from the USA to sign up.
Even minors can be part of Microsoft’s program, as long as their parent or guardian consents.
Curious and/or impatient techies! An early developer build of Google (Google’s?) Chrome OS – which was just formally announced – has been unleashed on the Internet for those who want to take an early early early peek at what I like to call the BrOSer.
New Hampshire-based DisplayMate Technologies, maker of “video calibration, evaluation, and diagnostic products”, conducted a thorough comparison on the display quality of plasma TVs and LCD TVs, resulting in a long, jargon-riddled but ultimately revealing article that declares the plasma TVs as winners.
The author of the article, DisplayMate president Dr.
At first glance this just looks like a nice, stylish button-down dress shirt. But upon further examination, you’ll notice that its shading isn’t just some sort of abstract pattern. It’s actually comprised of tens of thousands of little 0’s and 1’s.
Rhombus’ James and Boris dress shirts are just perfect for the computer geek with fashion sense (although I’m not sure how large that intersection would look on a Venn diagram).
Bungie.net has revealed the dates for the official Halo 3 Beta test. The Beta will run for just under a month from May 16 through June 6, 2007. Since the Beta will be over in June and the game isn’t expected to be released until September, we’ll be going through at least two months of withdrawal symptoms during the late Summer.