App connectivity is the future for products
Whether its Bluetooth BLE, Wifi, or an old-fashioned USB cable, consumers are now on the lookout for products that connect to their smartphone or tablet. With an app to control their new toy or toaster, they are expecting an experience that offers everything from stylized presentation and customizable controls, to help and statistics. Their impression (and ultimately their Amazon review) of the device as a whole now relies on two different sides of the technological spectrum.
Apps don’t need to add complexity
It’s easy to imagine a connected app leading to a jumble of complicated features that just get in the way of ease-of-use. It doesn’t have to be this way. We specialize in streamlined usability and that reaches beyond just the app—we design and build for the overall product experience.
Connected product apps that benefit you
Don’t just build a companion app that benefits the user. Create one that serves as a marketing gateway, one that honors and promotes your brand, reduces support requests and returns, gives you valuable usage data, and turns casual customers into loyal fans. Workinman’s connected products team designs with marketing in mind, giving you a new and direct way to engage with customers.
Cross-platform connected apps
Utilizing the Unity engine, Workinman can publish 2D and 3D apps from a single source to virtually any platform, keeping consistency high and costs to a minimum. Despite its roots in games, Unity’s powerful engine is used for connected apps connecting with everything from toy kitchen playsets for tots to adult exercise machines and surgical robots!
Workinman’s own proprietary Bluetooth API technologies allow us to connect and work with a variety of hardware configurations. It’s really the perfect blend of efficiency, versatility, and power!
Rapid prototyping & easy proof of concepts
We know how it goes. You want to get started on the user experience and work out the last remaining design details, but the hardware is months off. Workinman can quickly build a hardware and app prototype to use for testing, approvals, or inspiration. Then work with you to craft the experience into perfection.
Cloud-based connected device simulator
App design and testing doesn’t need to wait. We’ll build a web app that communicates with the app and simulates the IoT hardware experience, from Bluetooth connection flow to battery life warnings. It will support dozens of simultaneous users from anywhere in the world, and keep the project on target. No more waiting on, and then fighting over, hardware prototypes and first-runs.
Workinman for connected toys
While we develop apps for all sorts of products, we specialize in toys and games. Our game design and development heritage has put us in the perfect position to create entertaining and highly engaging connected apps for toys. Bringing together highly-animated and lovable characters, crisp and colorful art, and pleasing sound and visual effects, we create delightfully rewarding user experiences to define your product and project the style and premium feel that your brand deserves. Simply put… we bring our game and entertainment-development expertise into your product-line.
Check out some of our past connected smart toys:
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