Updated: 03/05/2023 by Computer Hope
Magnetic needle compass.

Calibration is setting up a measurement device by giving it the information it needs to recognize the environment where it is used. Calibrating a device ensures its accuracy when collecting data.

Many modern electronic devices calibrate when powered on. For example, a compass, AR (augmented reality) measuring, or other GPS (Global Positioning System) smartphone applications takes a moment to calibrate themselves by defining their orientation in the space around them. Other devices, like printers, may occasionally display "calibrating" when they're going through the calibration process to keep the printer running optimally.

Computer software may also offer calibration features to optimize its settings based on the computer's hardware. For example, high-performance graphics software may perform a calibration process when first run to ascertain its performance on that computer's particular hardware components. The software can adjust its settings while testing and suggest an optimal software configuration for the user to choose.

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