We Take a Tour of Intel's User Experience Lab
9/20/2013 by: Anshel Sag
During our Bay Trail Reviewer's Day in Santa Clara, CA the day before IDF 2013 began, we got a chance to see how Intel is trying to help improve the overall user experience of their mobile devices. These experiences will range across all kinds of devices from Ultrabooks and Tablets all the way down to smartphones. They test devices that they make themselves as well as their own OEM partner devices that utilize their processors. After all, if they help their OEMs make better devices then they will sell more chips to them.
The day itself started out with Ronen Zohar and Francois Piednoel giving us some tips on benchmarking Bay Trail and what we should expect over the course of the day. Their goal was to make sure that we were benchmarking the devices for experience, unfortunately for us, we don't have anywhere near the awesome gear that they were about to show us. If you're curious about the initial performance benchmarking of Bay Trail, we posted a separate story about that.
Above: Ronen Zohar
Above and Below: Francois Piednoel
Following the chats, we got to benchmark the tablets and gather up our ideas of the overall performance of the devices.
After that, we were taken to the power lab to demonstrate how the tablets performed under certain scenarios with each tablet being very closely monitored for power draw. They also used headphones to give a fair experience for all of the tablets in terms of power draw done by each tablet while playing music. They even had a fake ear setup with a very expensive decibel meter to measure the exact volume output of the headphones.
On the next page, we take a tour of the actual User Experience Testing Lab.
In the User Experience Testing Lab, we got a chance to see some really cool stuff. First and foremost, we got to see Intel's robot that helps them measure touch screen experiences on virtually any touch device.
Then, we walked over to the sound room that they have setup for creating reproducible sound environments to test devices for noise cancelling and noise reduction. They also have a mock-up human bust that can both talk and listen via microphones and speakers to simulate a person talking into a phone while listening to someone on the phone with surrounding noise. A really interesting setup.
Following that, they showed us their display calibration methodology as well as their Radiant Imaging colorometer setup.
Note, the blue plate is attached to a plastic hand that is designed to keep the device in place for the colorometer to properly measure the display's color gamut depth.
All in all, it was a very cool tour and we really enjoyed the experience and kind of wish we had all of this in our testing lab to test different devices. I would even take up robotics programming just so that I could program my own tests.
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