Beta Testing is the period of time when the software - be it a virtual world, a graphical image editor, driver suite, or any other part of the process - is not quite ready yet. It is almost there, but not quite and there are still a fair few bugs or unknown factors involved.
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Industry news, originally posted 14-11-2004. The world?s first hippocampus prosthesis has passed the first stages of live testing.
Biochip laboratories are a long way from standard equipment in every doctor's office, of course. The technology has left the lab, but only just. Still, there is plenty of room for improvement. After all, what do you do when testing hundreds of samples all at once, is just not enough? Why you increase the throughput!
Computerised researchers are becoming an increasing trend it would seem. We've seen an increase in recent years of drug-testing robots and automated researchers. Glass researchers are apparently the latest field to be hit with the automation bug.
CYCLOPS is a novel robot, with a noble purpose. Created by researchers at the California Institute of Technology, it is designed to be used as a surrogate for blind persons in the testing of visual prostheses.
It's standard in the software development timescale, to leave bug-tracking, and problem solving until the Alpha development phase, when balancing is usually handled. This article from the game development professional's point of view, looks at why that is a bad idea, and strategies for handling bugs before they get to that stage.
The European Space Agency (ESA) have released details of a new augmented reality interface they have been testing and how it actually benefits astronauts when in space. Quite scarily they actually believe they are the first organisation to implement an AR interface, according to their press release.
Retinal display systems have been under development for many years with few successes. A new, and fundamentally different approach to the problem is now being trialled by researchers at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. Professor Shy Shoham and team are testing the power of holography to artificially stimulate cells in the retina of the eye, with the intent of bionically restoring vision. As a side-effect it would of course create a whole new class of retinal displays.
Industry News containing the Term Beta Testing:
World of Warcraft, the anticipated MMORPG set in the Warcraft universe, will start private beta signups on 5th July 2004, Blizzard Interactive has announced....
OnGameNet was Australia?s first native MMORPG company. They began in 2004 with the release of Ragnarok Online in early September that year. Ragnarok was the first MMO to be hosted within Australia itself, which allowed Australians to engage...
There!, one of several next-generation, immersive virtual worlds that are far from being simple games, has finally ended it's public beta, and gone live for the first time today. There is a beach/tropical paradise, wherin members can ch...
Sprint Corp. may use WiMax metropolitan area technology to provide high-speed wireless broadband services in the coming years.
The operator says it hopes to start beta testing WiMax equipment towards the end of this year.
A company called Vollee has launched a free beta version of Second Life on mobile phones, calling it the first time "residents can explore the entire virtual world from their handsets."
The interface is understandably, vast...