I love when RIM gives us some insight into how they make our favorite devices. Their latest interview is with Ryan who is a a Hardware Engineering Technician in the Hardware Support Lab at RIM. His job is to test BlackBerrys to ensure they are durable and reliable. The best part is he shares some videos of how they perform some of these tests. This sort of reminds me of the testing demos you see at Ikea stores where they open and close a drawer 2 million times.
Check out the videos below but here are some of the tests RIM performs on devices:
- Moisture Ingress test to see where water enters a BlackBerry
- Digital signal tests
- Drop testing – dropping every BlackBerry hundreds of times to make revisions that improve its design. (Its cool how BlackBerrys are actually designed to absorb the impact wave and absorb the shock)
- Bend testing to see what will happen if people sit on their BlackBerrys. (They know who you are!
- Electrostatic discharge test to make sure you don’t shock your BlackBerry dead.
Check out the videos of the BlackBerrys being tortured in these tests below. Warning: The videos below depict graphic violence against BlackBerrys.