Ensuring Human Interface Devices work for Humans

By: Nextgen | On: Dec 22, 2023 | In: Videos

A demonstration of human interface device (HID) testing using the Nextgen ATAM Connect Cobot automation platform.

Functional Human Interface Devices:  Using Automated Testing to Assure Product Excellence

Today, the line between the physical and digital realms is increasingly blurred, and the importance of human interface devices (HIDs) like keyboards and mice has never been more pronounced. The history of these devices is a story of constant evolution, but one aspect remains critical – the relentless pursuit of accuracy and reliability. This is where the Nextgen ATAM Connect automation platform revolutionises how Human Interface Device makers can ensure the enduring performance when in human hands.

The Evolution of HID Testing: For decades, the standard mouse and keyboard have served as faithful conduits between humans and computers. However, with advancements in technology, especially wireless innovations like Bluetooth Low Energy, the landscape is evolving. These advancements bring new challenges in ensuring that these devices not only meet but exceed the dynamic needs of modern users.

In this latest video, we explore these challenges and demonstrate how Nextgen's ATAM automation platform is pushing the boundaries of HID testing. This platform represents a significant leap in ensuring that HIDs deliver consistent, reliable performance in diverse conditions.


From Manual to Automation: Traditionally, HID testing has relied heavily on manual processes, which, while effective, has limitations in scope and consistency. The Nextgen ATAM platform, however, introduces a way to accelerate the quality and responsiveness of HID devices. By using a collaborative robot (cobot) to simulate human interactions, the platform offers a level of precision and repeatability that manual testing can't match.

A leading keyboard OEM leveraged our technology to help refine the performance of their premium keyboards. The results were ground-breaking, offering insights into keyboard responsiveness and accuracy that were previously unattainable. You can read the case study here.

Challenges in Low Power HID Devices: As we move towards more eco-friendly solutions, the integration of low-energy wireless standards in HIDs presents unique challenges. As the video illustrates, the Nextgen platform adeptly handles these challenges, particularly in the context of RF spectrum congestion and energy spikes which are commonplace in our increasingly connected world.

Stress Testing for Excellence: Stress testing is a crucial aspect of ensuring HID durability and performance. The Nextgen platform enables extensive testing under various RF conditions and high-use scenarios, like in the case of wireless gaming keyboards where responsiveness is crucial. By simulating thousands of keypresses and mouse movements, the platform provides OEMs with invaluable data on latency and responsiveness.

A Future-Proof Solution: The Nextgen ATAM automation platform is not just about current needs but is a forward-looking solution. As HIDs evolve to harness kinetic energy and environmental power, this platform stands ready to test and validate these next-generation devices.

The Nextgen ATAM Connect Cobot automation platform is setting new standards in HID testing for developers creating the future of human-computer interaction, offering a glimpse into how automation and innovation are driving excellence in HID performance.

Contact us today to experience this technological evolution first-hand and gain insights into the future of HID testing, and see how Nextgen is redefining the landscape of human interface devices.


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