Well it’s been about 2 months I believe since the last blog post and I can only apologise for that. However, what I can say is that the progress that has been made has been astronomical. Let me walk you through about some of the changes.
- All settings now work
- Hardware has been modified
- App has been refined/redesigned/and is having the last few features added to it
- Image quality has been refined A LOT
- Image enhancements have been added and integrated
- Over 200 bug fixes
- Reliability increased
- Over 700 forum posts
- 27 improvements of the app
- 15 improvements of the firmware
- and a lot of other stuff
So as you can see, we’re pretty busy, but the thing is, we’re only going to get busier.
With the hardware virtually confirmed, the firmware 95% finished (this is not to say we have stopped working to improve it), our attention has shifted up a gear from 90% focus on image quality, to now about 99%. We’ve made great improvements already with visible increases in sharpness, colour, and exposure. We’re looking to really push the boundaries with what we can produce. Whilst I do not like to give too much away as this is still beta footage, here’s a still shot taken on low quality settings:
Whilst, this is not our final image quality, this gives us great encouragement that on these settings the quality is very good, which in turn means we are definitely moving in the right direction. The picture demonstrates that even in harsh conditions (light top, dark bottom) the camera is doing pretty well. We will be tweaking the image quality much more to reduce this further, but this is a good baseline to be working from. Image quality is the most important thing, we know whatever we release can be improved upon, as with all the other user feedback (not just the 7 beta testers) we can really push the camera further, but we still want the foundation to be pretty darn good.
Whilst we would love to just focus on image quality, our camera actually needs to be stable and reliable and this has been our other main area of focus. As stated above, with over 200 bug fixes and numerous editions of tweaked hardware, we’ve found a great equilibrium with our hardware for performance and reliability. We’re making some judgement calls but with the evidence we have we believe these calls are the right ones, pushing the camera slightly further but offsetting that increase through a decrease in other areas such as WiFi. We’re awaiting our latest heat report but the last one, even though the camera became hot (up to 48c) no damage was detected and is well within the 60c recommended max. We’re working to improve this and with our new hardware we would hope to drop the temperature or keep a similar temperature but increase performance. We know a lot of our beta testers have experienced problems with their hardware (they are handmade samples) but this was ‘semi’ on purpose. We were obviously aiming for getting the cameras as perfect as we could for the first batch of more than 1 camera, but we also knew if they were not perfect (which they were not), and could get them to work like normal, then we had a pretty good camera. As some of the beta testers will attest to, we’ve had some pretty good success with this, then others (one in particular) we cannot AT ALL get to work normally, and two refuse to work. However, this is a huge success as it has meant we’ve put fail-safes into the firmware for the actual production cameras that no one will ever see; plus we have used the data we’ve received to improve the firmware, hardware, and app in ways we could not have imaged, giving us a leaner, faster, stronger, better camera and app.
The app/PC program, is the major cornerstone of this camera. With no user interface (screen) on the camera, the app and the following programs (for PC, Mac and Linux) are really what people will be interacting with for the camera. As such we are pouring a LOT of resources, time, and effort into the above, and unlike a lot of camera manufacturers that use generic apps, ours will be custom built and professionally designed. The app is designed to be as simple as possible with everything being easy to navigate and no more than two clicks away (our touches for the app). With automatic updating of each changing you do not even have to worry about clicking save, but rather knowing your camera is automatically updated. More information on the app will be released in the coming weeks.
Here’s another sneakpeak of how the app will look:
Lastly, we’ve really focused on offering features that help as well as the normal functions you would expect. Our biggest feature is probably the ‘Timed Mode’ feature which allows you to set specific settings for different times. This means, at night you can now switch to the best settings without having to do a thing. We’re also hopefully implementing map and GPS integration into our app so you can watch your videos back with all GPS and map data on screen at the same time. These are just two examples of some of the features we will be offering that will be unique to the JooVuu X. We’ve stopped adding new features to the app now and instead are putting all new features onto our roadmap, this is so we can focus on getting the app spot on for when we launch.
One final note: we’ll be adding some lucky beta testers to the last stage for firmware testing in the coming weeks, and you’ll start seeing some sneak-peak reviews on websites about the JooVuu X as well. Pre-orders will be available very soon (within weeks). We’re on the final stretch now and we’re getting closer each day.
Whilst I’ve summarized a lot of the problems in a short article I cannot emphasize enough the amount of work going on behind the scenes. We’re firing on all cylinders plus more. But if you have any questions just ask.