What was the scope of their involvement?
Ardas provided complete services, from articulating business requirements to development, testing, and launching our product to the app store. We made a hybrid prototype based on React Native, with Firebase on the backend. We added more features to the initial framework and released it to app stores around three months ago. The cameras aren’t for sale right now, but the user can take pictures on their own to simulate a fridge camera to see how it works.
I provided a basic description of the features we wanted, and Ardas handled the requirements for engineering and project management. The app was made for iOS and Android, with just a few design differences between the two. The only thing they’re not doing is UI/UX design. I had some connections in this field, and I brought my own designers in to handle that part. The camera has specific configurations that require APIs to be used, but Ardas worked well with the engineers who developed the camera, and everything worked smoothly in the end.
What is the team composition?
There were about 12 people assigned to the team, but not at the same time. There were four people working continuously on the project, and the others were brought in temporarily. The AI engineer worked for just three weeks, to make a proof of concept.
Their COO was my main point of contact, along with two other people. One of them was promoted to manager, but the transition went smoothly and I had the possibility to contact each of them at any time.
How did you come to work with Ardas?
I’m working with another company to develop the camera, and I asked them to provide a list of five companies they’d had good experience working with. Ardas the most professional out of the five.
They were the biggest company, although not the cheapest one, and they had a very good structure, as well as the possibility to scale without problems. If I needed 10 more developers today, it wouldn’t be a problem to get them within a timeframe of 2–4 weeks.
I chose Ardas because it’s possible to scale with them. They’re a bigger company, not just three or so people. If I need a bigger team, it won’t be a problem.
How much have you invested with them?
We have spent $46,000 so far.
What is the status of this engagement?
We first got in touch in May 2018 and started the project around August. We launched on the App Store in February 2019.
I will continue working with them, but I’ve reduced the amount of work for now since we’re focusing on marketing, and my budget is limited. The app is launched and bug fixing is done, but if the product is successfully launched, we’ll be adding a lot of features to it.
We began with an AI image recognition proof-of-concept app, and we’re planning to enhance it with products like the integration of recipe suggestions or online stores. The backend is built very well for us to expand in the future.