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This article was published on June 29, 2015

Google uses this robot to test lag on Android and ChromeOS

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Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their word Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their words friendlier. In his spare time he codes, writes newsletters and cycles around the city.

Google uses a cool little robot to touch the screens of Android and ChromeOS devices to test their lag times.

It’s called TouchBot and was built by Finnish company OptoFidelity. It performs real world latency tests for touch devices so the Chrome team doesn’t have to test them manually.

François Beaufort, ‘happiness evangelist’ at Google, said that the robot’s source code is open-source, and you’re even able to play with the latency tests yourself, though they’re intended for robots.

Google uses similar robots to test the trackpads on Chromebooks.

Chrome TouchBot [YouTube]

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