About a year ago I got a kitten, 5 weeks old and a rescue kitten and I never realised how many similarities there are between raising a kitten and creating a camera there are.
It’s almost time for the JooVuu X launch, just short of a year of focusing on the camera, and about 8.5 months (9.5 months by launch) of development, and I could not be more nervous. You never think you will actually get there, like a kitten – believing they will always be a kitten forever. You never believe that actually one day, they’ll have to go outside into the big bad world themselves and whilst you’ve taught it to behave well and shown it who’s boss, at the end of the day, it’s a gamble. Just like a camera, I’ve put in so much time and effort with it, go over the firmware, with the beta testers, with a fine tooth comb to make it as reliable and stable as possible, gone over the hardware to make sure everything works by using high quality specifications and components, literally gone through lines of code for the app, anything I can think of, has been recommended to me, and I’ve researched, has been implemented in this camera to make it as stable and reliable as possible. I know so much on electronic quality control now, I sometimes would go to sleep mapping out our QC. I know so much on what to test, how to test, why to test, and when to test, that I’m almost tempted to open a QC factory. Like my kitten, I’ve given it all the skills I can, I’ve given my camera everything I can, and yes I’ll continue to upgrade the camera and train the kitten but it’s now largely out in the big world and there’s nothing I can do.
Letting go is one of the hardest things. As stated in my last diary blog, when I realised that all this time and effort has almost cumulated in my camera being made, it’s relief, shock, and almost an emptiness. Does this mean I’ll relax? Not a damn chance. Does this mean I’ll scale it back? Ha, not until the production process is down to a fine art, and I’m happy with the sales. Does it mean I might allow myself a day off? Never. Does it mean I might have a lie-in? Damn right. I might have two or three. However, whilst I can now see the big bright light at the end of the tunnel, I’m not there yet.
One of the reasons I believe the firmware is so damn good at the moment is due to the testers. They went over the footage and each option hundreds of times. That’s not an exaggeration. Kamkar1 virtually started all of his updates with. I tried….the app….wifi was bad. Padwanjoe, went out of his way to go through a tunnel repeatedly, just so Emma and I could take notes on colour changes, Chorlt, checked every feature, and image quality aspect more times that I started to feel sorry for him. Sometimes I had wondered if I had drunkenly hired them they were working that hard for the Joovuu X. However, their work and dedication meant we could hone in on the problem and not just varying, but the information he gave and did not realise it, was vital for us to track down bug and more. In one firmware update we released we fixed about 200 problems we had found thanks to the testers…problems they wouldn’t have even known had existed but helped us so much. And so I’ll continue that methodology for all firmware and development. Even when it is released.
The firmware will be continually improved over the coming weeks, tested more, improved, tested, improved, tested, improved, tested etc. You get the picture. I’m not saying there won’t be any hiccups but the hardware is holding beautifully. The firmware can and always will be improved. I’m sure there will be a major problem or two, but for the first time in a while, everything seems to be going in sync in the right direction, it’s quite wonderful to watch.
All of the above is why I’m feeling okay about letting the JooVuu X out into the big bad world. It’s got the best damn support team around it.