What was the scope of their involvement?
We had a native version of the Snap programming language, which is based in a block environment and depicts programming in a visual form to expose younger kids to the concept. Although we had this native version, we wanted to be online as an app to broaden access to the educational community across different operating systems via the Chrome browser for Mac, PC, and Chromebook. Empirical was responsible for bringing the app online, and we’re currently working to make it a full-web application rather than just for Chrome.
Users can access the Chrome app to connect their serial port to our Bluetooth board, which then connects to the drone.
What is the team dynamic?
Sebastian [Founder, Empirical] was the project lead, and he was in charge of managing the technical side of the project. I was in charge of designs, layouts, mockups, and prototypes. I did all the designs, then sent all of it over to Empirical.
Pablo was responsible for the implementation and was actually in between the development and making sure things meshed up to the design I had made. He made sure that the people who designed the drone put in the latest firmware, and that this firmware was being pulled from the drone and launched in the Chrome store. Essentially, there were 2 people on their side, and 1 person on our side.
How did you come to work with Empirical?
I had previously worked on a project with Sebastian. I knew him through my network, and really enjoyed working with him, so he was one of the first people I thought of when this project came up.
How much have you invested with them?
For this particular project, the total ended up being around $7,000.
What is the status of this engagement?
We finished the launch of the Chrome app earlier this month. The project started in July 2017, and it took about 3 months.