What was the scope of their involvement?
Our company designed the bottle mechanics, the bottle itself, and the app screens. With those designs, I went to Binary Mango who then wrote the code for an iOS and Android app.
The iOS app was built as a native application and we initially wanted to have a native Android application as well, but it was recently changed to a hybrid platform.
The basic functionalities of the application are rather straightforward. When the user drinks from their smart bottle, the quantity of liquid drank is sent to the app via Bluetooth.
The application is able to make a connection with one bottle or several bottles. It can also make calculations based on parameters. For example, if the user is a female and is of a certain weight, based on this personal data, the app will calculate the daily hydration.
When information is sent to the application, it manages hydration needs and evaluates the user at that moment. The app can create overviews of hydration throughout the day, the last few days, the week, or the month.
The bottle is not yet on the market, but the application is ready and will be available for free shortly. When users purchase a smart bottle, they will be able to download the app for free.
What is the team composition?
We worked with three people from their team including one iOS developer, one Android developer, and Jacobo (CTO, Binary Mango) was always the in-between. I had a few discussions with the developers, but 90% of the time, I dealt with Jacobo.
How did you come to work with Binary Mango?
We met them at a conference. We had a little stand with My Smart Bottle at an innovation festival in London. They passed by and presented themselves, we started talking with them, and they made an offer.
We did some comparisons with other companies and given all the discussions, we felt Binary Mango was the best choice to help us develop our application.
How much have you invested in them?
We spent around £30,000 Pounds (approximately $39,231 USD).
What is the status of this engagement?
We worked with them from 2018–November 2019.