In the run up to the JooVuu X being released, I wanted to run a few blogs from the testers themselves about what it has been like to test and help develop the JooVuu X. This is the first in a series of posts to be posted from the testers themselves. No editing will occur except to alter grammar, spelling, punctuation, layout etc. Please feel free to ask the testers anything and get their opinion on here, the forums (www.joovuu.com/community), or dashcamtalk.
I have been asked to put a little down on paper about my experience as a tester on the X cam, and man has it been a roller coaster ride.
There have been some down days (in the beginning for me where i did curse my camera) but to be honest those days was for the most founded in my limited knowledge of launching a product like this. Being a tad naive ( a problem I have always had) I expected too much, and probably was expecting a steady incline of development, but as it turns out in the real world this is just something you can only hope for.
During beta testing I and the beta testers have seen it all, 2 steps forward and 1 step back, and even 1 step forward and 2 step back, and to top that up some really weird stuff that leave you scratching your head and mumbling ‘what the…?’. Right now as I type this my camera and my tablet both running the latest FW and APP just refuse to play ball here, whilst the other testers have the camera and app working perfectly on their end. Of course this I assume must be OS (app) as it works on 5.0.1 but not as well as on 5.0.0. I feel sorry for the app people, and the firmware people who have to solve all the problems; still they crack on to get the product out there, and as it is right now I think us testers have received a new FW and APP every 10 days or so on average.
So big props to those guys, not only beating on problems, but also fighting language barriers, and what fate can put in the way of hard working men and women.
When it come down to the camera itself, well then I am happy I have 2 of them now, though the first beta camera might not be able to handle the latest firmware. Never the less I am sure i will be able to find something i can use that camera for too. The shape of the camera is just up my ally as i have never been big on the box shaped cameras like the GoPros and the clones of them, so I will be able to cram these puppies in just about everywhere, in my car or with capacitors replaced by a battery on my RC toys. I think both we testers and Dan all feel we can do better with the X cam, so we all push on for the the final sprint so production can get started and we can get the cameras out there to the people that share our feelings and hopes for the X cam.
And so you might ask, will you do it again ?
And hell yes is my answer, I hope JooVuu have something interesting soon, or maybe some one else, because in spite of all those days where you can see the gray hair count on you head just go up and up, it’s also very interesting and no doubt a learning experience so as soon as this is done I am ready for the next challenge.
I do hope I will part of taking dashcams to the next level, personally I cannot but think that this is the times for big things to happen, and being part of that would be immensely cool.