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.
This is new to me. I mean both being a beta tester and writing a blog, especially in a language that I have learned during my high school years (yes it is far, far behind in time). So, read first and shoot last.
I am not a lucky person so I filled-in the beta testing web page with no expectations at all. When I found out that I was picked up to be a beta tester for JooVuu’s new X Cam, I was very excited. Then I panicked: What if I will not reach up to the expectations of testing a camera?
All my fears were gone when I got the X cam. I was impressed by its size, look and hardware. Moreover, I started to drive using it together with my Shadow GT680W. Soon, the X Cam remained single since it managed to earn my confidence: it started and recorded the drive every time at car engine ignition with a few false starts that have now been sorted.
The first thing I liked about the X Cam was that I could leave it in the car since it was hard to spot from the outside. The second was that I could change the settings right in the car using the Wi-Fi connection and the Android App, easily, and very very quickly. Now the hard work (that involved many hours less to sleep for me) began with checking the recorded video files to see how the X cam image quality is: i.e. how the colors are reproduced, how quickly it adjusts to light changes etc. This is a long and painstaking process, but one that has made the X cam much better.
When Dan asked to us to get videos of how the X Cam behaves during driving to a tunnel, I remembered that there is one underpass long enough on an alternative route to my office, so I was the first to upload the requested videos. I was very proud to contribute, even with a small part, to the team effort to shape the future production X Cam.
Since both the hardware and the software (X Cam firmware and the Android App) were in early stages some things had to be solved. I remember that one of the microphones were moved to the back due to some noise captured in the first 30 seconds in the first video recorded, and many software bugs were solved or are being solved right at the moment when I am writing this. Every bug that is raised, is tested, and solved. Sometimes they come back due to changes, but they are reported and solved again.
The first units of Beta X Cam gave different results to different beta testers but sending back information helped a lot and the second units of the Beta X Cam are giving almost the same results to all of the beta testers. This shows that hardware and software teams implemented our findings about how the X Cam behaves in real life traffic.
I know that there is no perfect electronic product but the efforts put in by Dan and his entire crew shows their dedication to develop and constantly improve their JooVuu X Cam.
To conclude, I like a lot the JooVuu X Cam and I am very confident that the production unit will be a product to take out the box, to attach to the windshield and to enjoy driving knowing that you have a reliable witness with you.