An Innovation and Emerging Technology Company

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We are enablers, our mission is to bring our client’s ambitions to market.  Emerging technology and advanced software design is our speciality.  If there’s a tough technical nut to crack, that’s what we do best.  If you need to bring something special to your product, that’s what we do.  Whether that’s using computer vision to recognize emotions for a extra special AR experience to a smart toy that can help you learn a new dance move with custom motion sensors, we ha

ve done it.

Types of Projects: Computer Vision Enabled Apps, Connected Devices/IoT/Embedded Devices, VR/AR/MR/XR, Alexa and Google Home

Technologies: iOS, Android, Unity, OpenCV, TensorFlow

Experience

We have unique experience and skills that span web to native client side development, from low level firmware and driver support, through to high level application development and optimization.  We also have extensive experience with the toy and children's technology market having worked with some of the biggest toy makers in the industry, such as LeapFrog, Spinmaster, and Hasbro.

Team Players
We play well with others.  We work with you to determine the best mode of engagement.  Whether it’s a tightly integrated role where we work closely with internal teams and developers or whether we are completely self-contained and provide regular retrospectives and demos, the choice is yours.  Navigating and working well with established teams and cultures, is not a problem.  We also are happy to work independently and provide the stakeholders and product owners regular and transparent updates.  No matter the style of engagement, it’s all about the quality of the communication.

 
$50,000+
 
$100 - $149 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2011
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Emeryville, CA
headquarters

Portfolio

Key clients: 
  • Samsung
  • Spin Master
  • Hasbro
  • Toyota
  • Google
  • Unity
  • LeapFrog
  • zSpace
  • Jaunt
  • Anoto

... and more!

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AR Mouse Coaster

LeapFrog - Android Tablet SDK Port

OVERVIEW

LeapFrog developed a new tablet platform based on the Android OS, they had over 150 game titles written for their legacy OS that they wanted to preserve and have work on the new platform.

PROCESS

We ported their entire SDK to Android, which required a complete re-write of their SDK. The end result was a completely cross-platform system that allowed developers to simply recompile to have

their titles run on the new tablet.

zSpace - Math Manipulatives VR App

OVERVIEW

We designed and implemented the Math app for the zSpace platform.

PROCESS

We were close partners to the zSpace product and engineering team to design and develop their VR Math App for their amazing virtual reality platform.

The game required working with the client’s curricular requirements as well as conforming to common educational standards to teach math concepts via

manipulatives. 

Android Wear - Asteroids Redux

OVERVIEW

We developed a custom game from GDD through art and development for a novel input method on evolving Android wear hardware.

PROCESS

A company with a novel approach to ultrasonic sensors asked us to support their low level firmware and Android stack development which included custom firmware, abstraction layer support, system service, application service and finally application

development.  We also provided some signal processing support for the raw signal.

LeapFrog Rewards Store

OVERVIEW

LeapFrog asked us to develop a rewards store application for their LeapTV, LeapPad Ultra, and their new LeapPad Epic platform.

PROCESS

These apps were three completely different code bases and frameworks.  We designed and developed the apps.  The apps had to be deeply integrated into the host system because they managed the virtual currency that could be earned in various first

and third-party apps that ran on each host platform.

VR Plasma Sword Battles

OVERVIEW

We produced a light saber style battle game engine and game from concept, through design, art, and development for a device manufacturer.

PROCESS

We were asked to create a VR title that would help showcase a device manufacturer’s sensors and their integration into Samsung Gear VR.  We worked together with the client to iterate of various art concepts and play patterns.  We

created a light saber style game and custom Unity plug-in that would interact with their proprietary api (an API which we largely defined for them).

LeapTV - Computer Vision and Gesture Recognition

OVERVIEW

Implemented entire vision component for new gaming platform and integrated this into their proprietary SDK and design a completely new API for their entire SDK.

PROCESS

The platform revolves around computer vision. Both for LED color light tracking and virtual touch/motion detection/ gesture which we provided.

This had to perform on a Cortex A9 device with a single

camera.

Architected an API to allow external developers to write game titles using the Vision Libraries we wrote.

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iOS App Development for Fitness Device Manufacturer

“The app has been an excellent addition to our portfolio.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
May 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

FS Studio developed an iOS app that administers workouts and gives feedback. The app is BLE-compatible, and plans are in the works for an Android version. They also built a QA app for the PCB manufacturer.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Kansas City, Missouri
Graham Ripple
COO, OYO Fitness
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

FS Studio is incredibly adaptive, putting in extra work to solve problems not even directly related to their scope of work. They have extensive BLE and IoT experience, and the team quickly grasped the project vision. They’re responsive and have good communication.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the COO for OYO Fitness, a developer and manufacturer of fitness devices.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with FS Studio?

We’d funded the second version of our handheld DoubleFlex (Personal Gym); both versions were the same physical product, but the second integrated a chip and sensors that communicated with an app. We had a printed circuit board (PCB) team and firmware developer, and we needed to find a firm to build the app.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

After we hired FS Studio, I flew out to their office for two days to flesh out the details and concerns of our project. The app is Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) compatible, and FS Studio worked closely with the firmware team to make sure the data was being sent and received correctly. They basically built an internal API between the firmware and app, which both delivers workouts and provides feedback to users. It’s currently only for iOS, but we’re planning on developing an Android version in the future.

Besides the coaching app, they also built a QA app that our PCB manufacturer uses. They’re able to test the PCBs to see if they work and if they’ve been installed correctly.

What is the team composition?

Our main points of contact are the project manager, a technical supervisor, a graphic designer, and a programmer. Each of these individuals has a team under them, and we also occasionally work with their CEO.

How did you come to work with FS Studio?

They initially reached out to us, and we put them on our shortlist of teams we wanted to work with. We provided a two-page overview of our project to all potential partners, and they built their bids on that. We decided to hire FS Studio because of their extensive BLE and IoT experience and they seemed to understand both the technical components of our project as well as the overall vision.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent around $100,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We’ve been working together since May 2017. The project has taken longer than expected, but it’s not their fault.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

The app works across our entire product line, which customers love. It helps us compete against larger companies, most of which have apps for their products, and it’s a great marketing tool. The app has been an excellent addition to our portfolio.

How did FS Studio perform from a project management standpoint?

They work in two-week sprints, and we had a call every Monday for the first nine months to review any issues. We’re in constant communication, and they willingly adjust to our changing needs. For example, we had to redo the tooling on the physical product, and even though that wasn’t their responsibility, they still worked with us to fix the problem.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They were fantastic at helping us debug the app, and they have a flawless and transparent workflow. I’d love to work with them again; they’re a fantastic team.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No.

Do you have any advice for future clients of theirs?

Focus on the scope of work and making sure everyone is on the same page. If not, some things may be lost in translation.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    We had a miscommunication about their hours, but they were fantastic about resolving it.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Prototype Dev for Streaming Platform

"Their team worked with us and brainstormed to identify what would help the project long-term."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
May - Aug. 2018
Project summary: 

FS Studio designed and developed the prototype for a web-based application using JavaScript, a material UI, and a react native framework.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
San Francisco Bay Area
Rachel Chai
Founder, Antenna
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

FS Studio’s small team used detailed documentation, frequent communication, and in-depth discussions to determine the most beneficial solutions. The prototype they developed, has helped to jumpstart future project endeavors.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the founder of Antenna. We’re a video game streaming company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with FS Studio?

I needed to outsource an engineering and design team to build a prototype for my web-based application.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

My product has three main components: the app itself, recommendation features, and filtering abilities. The design team focused on how to make sure the app was user-friendly. The engineer used JavaScript for development and leveraged material UI as our library for the frontend. He set up our AWS and Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud instances. We had several discussions about what would work best for the project in the long run, and we decided to use a react native framework so that the app would work seamlessly on both mobile and web devices.

What is the team composition?

We made the decision to work with a small team that could quickly go through an iterative process. I worked directly with an engineer and two designers. Both designers had a rapid turnaround on deliverables.

How did you come to work with FS Studio?

I reached out to a lot of vendors and received roughly 35 responses. I chose FS Studio because they were one of the few companies that had a technical background—as opposed to a gaming one—and an engineer located in the US.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent $30,000–$35,000 on the project.

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked together May–August 2018.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

Developing the prototype has enabled me to have a jumpstart the project and identify what I need moving forward with the app. There are still things that we need to polish, but we didn’t expect a perfect product for the prototype. I like the look and feel of what they created and the copywriting is excellent. They met my expectations, and because of that, I can move forward.

How did FS Studio perform from a project management standpoint?

We decided to use a small team so communication and documentation were excellent. There were a few times that the communication wasn’t perfect, but that was on both sides. Because of the project size, we used Google Sheets for most of our project management.

What did you find most impressive about them?

FS Studio has a solid team that gave helpful feedback when applicable and met all of our requirements. I’ve worked with other outsourcing studios or third-party vendors that read the requirements and just gave me exactly what was on the page. Their team worked with us and brainstormed to identify what would help the project long-term.

Are there any areas they could improve?

That’s tough for me to answer.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

I underestimated the amount of work that came with opening a business alongside managing a project, so I would suggest that future clients invest in a project manager.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Custom Development For Boutique Marketing Agency

"FS Studio has deeper technical chops than other development shops."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
4.5
The Project
 
Confidential
Project summary: 

FS Studio translated PDF designs into front- and back-end development solutions for a new website. The project mainly involved information architecture and e-commerce integration.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
San Francisco Bay Area
Chief Operating Officer, Boutique Marketing Agency
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

FS Studio's attentive leadership, communicative management approach, and cutting-edge development talent pool made the project a success. Their scalable structure and flexible resource allocation allowed them to fulfill demanding requirements.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

We're a creative agency. We work with clients, brands, and startups to develop their creative strategies, which range from campaign work all the way through to site work. When we need to do site work, we work with development partners that have skills in the technologies that are relevant to the project.

What is your position?

I am one of the co-founders and the COO [chief operating officer].

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with FS Studio?

We were working with a startup company. We had created branding and positioning for the startup, and we needed to create a complete website for them. It was a relatively small website, maybe no more than 10 to 12 unique pages, but it had e-commerce requirements, so we worked with FS Studio to build it out. I don't have information on the technologies they used to build the site. 

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement in detail.

They did all the front-end and back-end programming, and we dealt with the visual design. We gave FS Studio PFDs that were cut, and they implemented those. I believe they helped with the technical architecture for the backend, and they took lightweight business requirements or functional requirements from us, and they solved for it directly.

They've added a lot more capabilities recently, and we're just learning about FS Studio's capabilities, like big data analytics and app development. To date, we have only executed web development projects with them. We don't have any projects right now where we would incorporate these new services, but we are particularly interested in having them augment our capability when it comes to crunching big data.

How did you come to work with FS Studio?

It was actually through word-of-mouth. They were a recommendation from other people in the same space.

Could you provide a sense of the size of this initiative in financial terms?

Because of the model we use, our clients are paying for their services. We're hiring them for our clients, so the cumulative amount there might be $200,000 to $300,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

I think we might have a few projects going on with them right now. I know there was a slightly larger project where they helped us build an internal HR site for a major brand.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

I don't have any metrics right now.

How did FS Studio perform from a project management standpoint?

With every project and every vendor, there obviously are times when things don't go exactly according to plan, and we've encountered those situations as well. They are very responsive and very thoughtful and sophisticated in their senior leadership. At the same time, some of their staff members seem to be much more adept at doing large-scale back-end projects than working with smaller scale campaign-based, creative-based projects.

What distinguishes FS Studio from other providers?

FS Studio has deeper technical chops than other development shops, so we trust them when it comes to front - and back-end development. We think their ability to scale resources according to project requirements is remarkable for a development agency that works with creative agencies. A lot of the other development agencies have far less bandwidth.

In hindsight, are there areas in which they could improve, or things you might do differently?

When we're launching campaigns, sometimes a big part of my job is holding the client's hand and walking them through what might seem pretty mundane to a more technical person. I think that part has been getting stronger, but was not as strong as it could be. That would be an area of improvement, and I think that FS Studio has been improving.

What advice, if any, would you give a future client of theirs?

As with anyone working on backend development, it's worth finding a way to build a long-term relationship because you want to make sure these people are going to stick around for the client.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 4.5 NPS
    Willing to refer

Platform Development & UI/UX Design For LeapFrog Enterprises

"They've been a great partner of ours, and my goal is to maintain that partnership going forward."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
Project summary: 

FS Studio initially prototyped an mp3 download platform for iOS. The relationship has expanded to include back-end development, content migration, UI/UX design and e-commerce integration.

The Reviewer
 
501-1000 Employees
 
San Francisco Bay Area
David Perkinson
VP of Global Content Development, LeapFrog Enterprises
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

All products have gone to market while fulfilling the original vision. FS Studio's features are their most distinctive, powerful elements. The team's ability to deliver consistently excellent results, find innovative solutions and communicate effectively have made them a trusted long-term partner.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company.

I work for a company called LeapFrog Enterprises. What we do is produce educational hardware, software, and toys for kids anywhere between the ages of six months and eight years old.

What is your role and responsibilities?

I am the vice president of global content development. My job and my team's job is to produce all the content that goes out into the world with the LeapFrog name on it, whether it's producing physical books or the content that goes on our toys, or digital apps and games for our proprietary platforms, or for Apple, Android, or Amazon devices.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

Could you describe the business challenge that you were trying to address with FS Studio?

The first thing that they were working on for us was refreshing the look and functionality of our developer studio website. Because we produce a lot of our products ourselves, from the hardware and software perspective, we maintain a developer portal that serves as an archive of documents, SDK [software development kit] versions and things like that, that our developers have access to. It had gotten outdated, and the FS Studio guys were brought in at first to refresh the look and feel, add some new functionality there, make it look a little bit more modern, and add some more modern functionality to it. That was our original work with them, and then quickly it blossomed into lots of different kinds of projects, and they've been a valued partner of ours for several years now.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their work in detail.

One of the first things they did for us after the developer studio website was build a prototype for us to download mp3 files for the audio jack on Apple and Android devices. So, we have a line of plushes called Scout, and Scout has connected features where you can personalize the plush with your child's name, favorite food, favorite color, and things like that. It had been dependent upon a PC client for doing all of that, for handling the connection between the device and the customization.

What we wanted to do was make that a little bit more nimble and provide the same functionality, but for mobile devices. Some members of our internal engineering teams had doubted that it was a viable solution. FS put together a nice prototype for us to show that it was a viable solution, and that's the way that we have ended up connecting that particular product and maintaining the feature set, while adding this new functionality.

From there it has grown into lots of different things. In time, they have developed a really clear understanding of our proprietary software, proprietary firmware, and they have done some really integrative core technology development for us. Last year, we worked on a product called LeapTV, which was a home gaming console designed for young kids, and one of the features of LeapTV was that it had a camera attached to it. We wanted to use the camera for a couple of different things. One, for allowing the kid to become the star of the show, putting the kid within the game content itself. Then, we also wanted to use it to provide some light tracking, so that we could turn our controller into a wand essentially, and make kids be able to use that as a baseball bat, or a sword, or whatever. FS built what we ended up calling LS Vision, which was basically that functionality for our hardware. On top of that, they also helped pitch it. When we were starting to get behind last year on LeapTV, FS brought in additional engineering resources to help shore up our internal firmware efforts.

We've been working with them for the last year or so on a tool that allows us to take all of our proprietary firmware-based content, which we call Brio, and port it over to Android. They've built a porting solution for us that allows us to take basically whatever components of our library that we want, and put them in an Android environment or a new tablet that we're working on. So, they've really gotten involved in some high-risk and high-reward products for us, which showed a great level of technical capacity and technical innovation.

The custom development they've been doing for us would have been largely on the Web, and then moving into Brio development for our devices. They modified OpenTV to produce LS Vision, and then now working in Android and building an Android analog of our SDK to enable the Android porting layer that they've been working on for us.

They are also building some software for us as well. We've got what we call reward stores on all of our platforms, and FS has built the store itself handling the transactions as well as developing the user interface (UI). So, they are now moving beyond pure engineering and into UI/UX [user interface/user experience] and interactive content for us.

How did you come to choose FS Studio?

The head of our developer services team had known Tim Martin [CEO at FS Studio], and reached out to him when we started to work at refreshing our developer portal. The work they did there was excellent. Because what we do is so specialized, and because a lot of our software and hardware is so specialized, having somebody who knows how things work and being able to go back to them repeatedly as a partner is incredibly valuable to us. As our aspirations and ambitions grow for what we want to do every year, we need to reach out more and more often to outside service providers. Having somebody who knows how you work and who they're working with intimately, makes the selection process on vendors so much easier, especially when they deliver so consistently.

Could you provide a general cost estimate for this engagement?

I don't know off the top of my head. It really varies by product.

How long have you been working with them?

The relationship with them has been ongoing for about three or four years at this point.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics, metrics or user feedback that would demonstrate the quality of their performance?

What I would point to is the fact that these platforms exist at all. The fact that LeapTV made it into the marketplace last year, with all of the functionality that we had wanted it to have, is a testament to not only their raw development ability but also the teamwork and collaboration that they bring to their projects, the level of communication that they bring to their projects. LeapTV especially was a really challenging project, and their role in it was so central to the success of the platform. The fact that it's in the marketplace, I think, is a testament to their skills. It was an ambitious undertaking and we couldn't have done it without them.

The one that we're about to hopefully wrap up in the next few weeks, they're essentially providing the entire content library through the construction of this porting tool. We're doing some native Android development for some content, but the vast majority of the content that will be available to customers is being provided via the service that FS is producing for us. So, again, we wouldn't even have a functional platform if not for their efforts.

In terms of internal stakeholders, the fact that we've continued to go back to FS for repeated work, and not just more of the same, but with increasing complexity in each project, shows that they have earned our trust and delivered as they've promised. They are also now working with more than one team within LeapFrog. They are working with my team, the global content development team, but they are also now supporting out internal engineering teams in a couple of different capacities. They've built trust outside of my department within LeapFrog, so that's a great sign for them.

I think in terms of customers interacting with FS's work, you have to look at some of the reviews for LeapTV and look at the marketing material for LeapTV, the best feature on the platform, the camera-based gaming, the games where kids themselves become the center of the action. That was all through FS Studio. It's really the most compelling feature of the platform, and that's all their work.

From a project management perspective, they've been superb. When issues have emerged, it's rarely been their fault. It's usually because of internal issues here at LeapFrog, complications that we've created. What I can count on is that they will always communicate clearly about where they are, they will always take their dates extremely seriously, and they will always drive to deliver on time and on budget. In cases where things have lagged, it has not been their responsibility.

In hindsight, are there areas in which you think they could improve as a service provider, or are there certain things you'd do differently as the client if given the chance?

No. I have a great amount of respect and admiration for the work that they do, for their willingness to dive in and find solutions, for their ability to communicate on increasingly complex technology endeavors, and their desire to get the work done with such a high level of quality. They've been a great partner of ours, and my goal is to maintain that partnership going forward. 

What advice, if any, would you give a future client of theirs?

With anybody, I think it's all about having clear expectations upfront, a really clear scope of work, making sure that you have skilled folks on your side who are responsible for managing the engagement with FS, so that FS can do their best work. We've been working with them for so long, and everything has always turned out well for us. Just make sure the lines of communication are open and that the scope of work is clear and understood.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
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Bronze
VERIFIED
Business Entity
Status
Active
Jurisdiction of Formation
California
ID
201106410053
Date of Formation
Jan 7, 2011
Payment & Legal Filings
Bankruptcy
No
Tax Lien Filings
1
Judgement Filings
0
Collections Count
0
Last Updated
Jul 19, 2019
Client Reviews
VERIFIED CLIENT REVIEWS
4
OVERALL REVIEW RATING
5.0
Source
Clutch
LAST UPDATED
October 15, 2018