I’m in Toronto looking at final board designs and talking about the finer points of sensor calibration with the guys! We had our first “Big Picture” meeting with the engineers too!
We talk about “Big Picture” pretty often in LA and with key people here in Toronto, but I think it’s important for everyone on the team to understand it and know how they play a part. In fact we are working on a Big Picture blog for you guys too!
Development is going well, as always there are minor problems here and there, but as Mike puts it there are no “show stoppers” we can foresee. Most of the boards will be finalized this month!
I had a moment yesterday holding one of the finished power boards in my hand where I realized the awesomeness of this journey.
Usually a product like a camera or a car is created by a large company with significant capital resources and intended to be appealing to the largest possible market. In this case this camera is being made by a collaboration of filmmakers and engineers who want to make the best camera possible for a niche market that we hope will grow. This is a very unusual way for a product like this to come into existence! I just wanted to take this moment to thank all of our Kickstarter backers for helping us follow this dream.
So here it is. This is the essential parts of the camera! This is the sensor, the sensor board, attached to the FPGA board behind it. The Guts of the camera…
This piece of electronics is the physical realization of a dream we all had. A dream to make a small piece of this industry the way we want it. And even though it is only small piece of a much larger system, it is being done our way. This means that hopefully we can get other parts of this industry to be the way we want them too. I know this sounds sappy, but holding these boards was really emotional for me.
So many people have been added to the team in the last couple of months that all of the free space here is now taken up with desks. This area used to be a lounge area…
This area used to be completely empty…
There are even people setup in the board rooms! This is Mike(back to us) and the ladies of Ienso…
The guys were showing me some new renders and I knew we had to get them out to you ASAP! I think these are the best renders we’ve ever had!
(some of the details are not 100% right like placement of the side cold shoe and the style of handle on the crank, but I really wanted to share them with you anyway!)
Mike and I went through the entire layout of the camera again, and the 3D model to make sure everything would be just right. I am so excited right now it’s hard to put it in words. We should be getting the new CNC model very soon, and it will be substance accurate (have all the right materials in the right places). As soon as I have it I will be photographing it to show you guys too.
Well I hope you have enjoyed this update as much as I enjoyed bringing it to you. We are in the home stretch! Again thank you all for your support at this crucial time!
All the best, Joe and Elle