The Massive Proving Ground Where Extraordinary New Trains Are Tested

General Electric’s development team just completed a year of field-testing for the new Evolution Series Tier 4 locomotive. Some of the tests took place at the Federal Railroad Administration’s high-altitude testing circuit near Pueblo, Colorado at an elevation of 5,000 feet. These photographs capture the train’s… » 4/16/15 8:00pm 4/16/15 8:00pm

The R&D Machines That Push Your Smartphone 'Til it Breaks

Ever wondered what machinery smartphone firms use to test out those shiny handsets they keep shifting by the truckload? I have. Well, they spend a full six months of the phone's now-year-long pre-release life just checking if they're fit for purpose, so that's got to be some pretty interesting, exhaustive probing and… » 2/10/15 8:00am 2/10/15 8:00am

Watching Samsung Torture Galaxy S4s Is Weirdly Satisfying

No matter how careful you try to be, you're going to do some damage to your phone. Accidents happen, especially when you try to avoid them. So to emulate your tender, loving care, Samsung took its Galaxy S4 through hell and back before it got to shelves. Somebody has to prepare that phone for you, you monster. » 6/13/13 1:33pm 6/13/13 1:33pm

This Future-Proofing Torture Test Puts Next-Gen Materials Through the…

Our gadgets sure have it rough. Between change-filled pockets, waist-high falls onto concrete, and dunks in the toilet bowl, gadget surfaces need to be tougher and more resilient than ever. To develop the next generation of durable surfaces, materials scientists rely on specialized torture testing equipment like the… » 11/29/12 11:30am 11/29/12 11:30am

Watch Samsung Stress Test Its Phones With a Jorts-Wearing Robot Ass

Hardware manufacturers putting their devices through hell to test their durability is nothing new. But this never-nude jorts-covered (jeans + shorts) robot butt created by Samsung to test how well its phones can survive accidentally being sat on shows just how far the company is willing to go. » 11/26/12 9:54am 11/26/12 9:54am