Creating a camera could not be easier. Is a sentence nobody has ever said. However, like any project, it is incredibly satisfying watching progress be made; unfortunately this progress can be painstakingly slow. Let’s roll back a bit and look at where the JooVuu X started when we sent the beta cameras to the testers.
In early July we sent our testers one camera each. However, at the last minute of testing we had found a horrendous flaw that would essentially brick the camera. So, reacting to a terrible situation, I did what anyone who is about to let their camera loose onto the public would do – I panicked. This was not my proudest moment and rather than wait a week or two I became blinded by obsession. We wiped the firmware and sent the camera with the function to record only when it received power. This was quite possibly the best and worst mistake of the development process. On one hand we had sent essentially a glorified brick to the testers and on the other hand we could now watch the development at each step.
The first two weeks of testing (as each tester will tell you) was absolutely hell and horrible. We had more problems than you could shake a stick at, and at one point only one testers camera was working. However, I then remember some advice that up until then I had largely ignored/viewed with skepticism: If you can make a bad camera work normally, when you make a good camera you know it will work. So I seized the moment and knew that if we could get these cameras working slowly with the firmware built from the ground up and get them to be as reliable as possible, I knew that we would have a pretty damn good camera when the hardware was optimized more and far more stable. For 8 weeks straight every day Emma and I have summarized all bugs found, we have chased everything up, we have checked ourselves, and we have gone through everything with a fine tough comb.
Fast forward to where we are and it’s only with that perspective we can see how far we come. Whilst we have not completely succeeded, we have now determined the problems stopping us from getting the cameras working are hardware problems that should be fixed in the next hardware release. We get to see the progress, each feature being added, refined, tweaked, redone, until it is working. Only now, when the firmware is about 90% complete can we step back a little and admire what we have built.
The JooVuu X has over 70 features, some features have never been done before such as the ‘Timed Mode’. Watching these features go from: not working, to kind of working, to almost working, to basically working, to OMG it actually works, is a fantastic experience, but it is not only seeing these features working that brings a smile to my face, but also that customers have requested these and we can now finally bring them these features. These features not only take time and patience but they take a lot of skill, and as we are building a top of the range camera, we refuse to use any old person with a computing degree. Our firmware developer is one of the most sort after and as such we know we are getting fantastic firmware. Every line of code, every variable, every function, is streamlined to be as efficient as possible in order to reduce bugs.
I hope to relay to you even the 1% of passion we have for this camera, we have listened, we have learnt, we have developed, and we hope we will deliver. But we know our journey does not stop when we release the camera, we know that it just begins. We have so many ideas, so many directions, that we are like excited kids in a candy shop. This is where we want you. Drop us a message, sign up to receive a notification when pre-orders become available, it does not matter, we just want your involvement. Any questions about the camera – just ask.