I get up, check DCT & RCG. No new posts, but I’m not really checking it for anything, more to waste time (even a few minutes) so I can get back to sleep again, the production sample cameras arrive today, in fact I should have mine in 6 hours. That reminds me, check DHL (I checked maybe an hour ago). Yep still on course. Back to sleep
Get up again and logon to the contact system and do as many customers as possible, do all but about 5 which is fine. Back to sleep.
Completely overslept by 7am alarm. Literally sprint out of bed, wack some tooth paste in my mouth and deodorant shower. Drive to DHL.
I know the people at DHL pretty well now (usually go twice a week to pick up parcels). My parcel is still in one of the CMPs so it’ll be about 30 minutes before they have fished it out and got it for me.
I have it! I’ve brought a microSD card with me and it’s time to get this camera up and running. It works! Like actually works, straight out of the box. Everything works exactly as it should. I’m not sure why I’m so surprised, maybe it’s the previous 3.5 months of testing where anything that could have gone wrong, did go wrong, or maybe it’s because this is almost to easy. I have so much I want to do, but I’m sitting in DHL’s car park and need to get to work to really go through everything.
Get there and now the testing begins. I go through everything, packaging, internal items, how the items are placed and bundled, the protection of the camera, the feel, colour distribution, marks, what the camera feels like, everything is documented even items such as (how accurate and sticky the lens protector was, and how the camera looked in the transport white soft bag), literally everything. This is we can make minor tweaks to how it is presented, but more importantly to reduce any damage the camera experience during transit. Everything is ultimately aimed at protecting it to reduce damage and faults.
Back in the car, time to test what it is here for, to record whilst driving. Crank up every setting, enable everything, change everything, and make sure the camera is in the sun, wifi on (it automatically cuts out after 2 minutes of inactivity but still during those 2 minutes it should increase the warmth). Well it did. To 40.1C. It was luke warm the camera. Now to be fair it start off in a car at 18c with the camera starting at a temperature of 22c but I’m pretty happy with that. That’s WELL under the 60-65c limit we have. It’s only one test but so far it’s looking good. Change the settings to normal and get driving again.
Just to cut a very long story short, this goes on until about 1600.
After about 5.5hours of solid testing, it’s time to review everything and write up all my notes regarding firmware and app. App problems are pretty easy to fix, they’re minor. Firmware problems I was aware of them all before I got the camera but I have discovered 3 new ones (minor) that I’ve added to the list. I’m also now reviewing a lot of video footage and update my feedback regarding image quality.
My parents are pretty happy and decide to take me out for a meal – I’m not saying no, free food is always appreciated. However, not to miss an opportunity we take a very long route to the restaurant to get some evening footage – a bit more challenging for the camera, as we’re at exactly the right time when it goes from light to dark.
Go for more driving in the dark…changing modes as I go and all round being a pain in the ass to the camera. It’s working exactly as it should. I realise now that I wasn’t amazed it was working, but after all this work, time, effort, development, meetings, phone calls, and more, it’s almost over…it’s the realization that everything I…no sorry…we have worked towards is almost there. The hardware, the firmware, the app…everything is almost there. There are still a few problems with the firmware but that’s something we can overcome. Yes it has only been 1 day but so far it’s working beautifully.
To cut a long story short again, I test the camera until 0130 Friday morning
Crap, customers. Completely forgot. I’ve been like a kid at Christmas, and as such forgot to give the customer the attention I should be. I get right on it and answer all but one as Royal Mail is down.
Bed. We go again on Friday.
The last week or so has caught up with me, and my usual 5-6 hours is just not enough. My body is still aching and shattered.
I finally wake up.
After my incredibly lazy start to the beginning of the day, there’s a TON to do. Each white balance setting has to be tested, each app setting gone over – again. So many different types of drives to take, motorway, country, city, fast, slow, traffic, empty, you name it, it has to be done….what does quick acceleration do to colour capture? How much blur occurs? These settings and the quality that is achieved is not by chance, everything is looked at in a methodological way.
My god. So much testing. Need to run a temperature test, will run that whilst answering customer emails.
Customers done. Temperature test details taken. Gotta run the test again.
Customers again – need to really finish them off early today so can go through the camera again.
Orders and customers done for the weekend. Back to the camera
I have been running temperature tests like mad on 15mbs bit rate as well as different settings and scenarios. Testing different mounts, usability, aesthetics, and function. I’ve criticized the camera to hell and back, and I’ve run the camera harder than 99% of people will ever use it. So far the hardware is holding perfectly. The firmware I’ve gone through with such a fine comb but none of the flaws are major and all easily solvable. I’ve done the quick start guide throughout the day so time to go over it one more time and make sure it really is a quick start guide. Then time to finish the manual.
Manual is mostly done. Got about 3-4 pages left but mostly it’s done. It’ll be released to the community on Monday and then all suggestions and improvements made by Friday so it can be redesigned over the weekend. Slowly but surely we’re getting there. Bed.