Work

Check out some of the buzzworthy things we've worked on.

adidas miCoach

Project

Developed iPhone and Android versions of the miCoach personal trainer app in close collaboration with adidas.

Highlights

  • Stuff Magazine's "2010 Mobile App of the Year"
  • Over 1 million downloads in its first 40 days
  • Developed support for heart rate and stride sensor accessories

Achievements

Details

adidas wanted to create a mobile app to work with their online miCoach personal trainer, and needed a team with a strong consumer background and mobile expertise to deliver a product that lives up to their stellar brand. We have been involved with both the iOS and Android versions of the miCoach app from day one, and helped deliver exceptionally high quality apps that have been downloaded millions of times to glowing reviews and industry awards.

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TiVo

Project

Created TiVo iPad and iPhone universal app to function as command central for TiVo DVRs.

Highlights

  • "The bottom line is it's the best iPad App for controlling home theater gear that we've ever used" - Engadget
  • Finalist for the 2011 Mobile Excellence Awards
  • Well designed architecture allowed for straightforward conversion from iPad app to universal iPad/iPhone app

Achievements

Details

When TiVo needed a team to take their award winning user interface and make it work well on the iPad, they came to Duff. We created the iPad app from scratch working closely with the TiVo team to create a quality, innovative experience that lived up to TiVo's high standards. The well-designed architecture allowed for straight forward conversion from iPad app to universal iPad/iPhone app. We created an innovative, gesture-based remote control which allows the user to keep looking at the big screen while controlling their DVR. The app works well when it is in the home and communicating directly with the DVR as well as when out of the home and communicating with the TiVo service. We are not only proud of the craftsmanship we put into the app, but also the strong relationship we built with TiVo.

Swivl

Project

Created video capture and control application for the revolutionary Swivl iPhone accessory.

Highlights

  • CES 2012 "Last Gadget Standing" award winner
  • 100% Duff user experience design
  • Custom hardware accessory integration

Achievements

Details

The creators of the Swivl device wanted a signature user experience to accompany their revolutionary iPhone accessory. But they also needed a highly technical team with the chops to create a custom accessory control protocol and support their cutting-edge audio interface. They found both of these here at Duff.

And the results? Well, Duff actually did major software work for 2 of the 8 product finalists in CES 2012's "Last Gadget Standing" competition, which is an incredible achievement in itself. But we're exceptionally proud to say that we and our partners at Swivl also came away with the first place award in the popular vote!

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Rocknor's Donut Factory

Project

The founders of Duff Research are big fans of Rocknor's Donut Factory, a critically acclaimed puzzle game for the PC, and wanted to bring the game to the iOS platform.

Highlights

  • "Overall, this is truly a great puzzle game that any puzzle fan should pick up." - appadvice.com
  • "It's a sign of a good puzzle game when you see a new level, and say, "Wow, that looks hard!" but still can't wait to try to solve it." - CommonSenseMedia.org
  • Featured in App Store What's Hot in countries around the world

Achievements

Details

Adapting Rocknor's Donut Factory to iOS involved much more than porting a code base. The original game was done in Director, so the entire game had to be redesigned from the ground up with iOS and a touch interface in mind. To get the performance required to run on all iPhone models, including the original model, we used the open source Cocos2d graphics library to create a fun and visually appealing game that users and critics alike have raved about.

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Parker

Project

Created iPhone and Android apps for Streetline to be their primary consumer face for their network of real-time parking sensors and garage information.

Highlights

  • Streetline Parker awarded Runner-up for The Wall Street Journal 2011 Technology Innovation Awards
  • 2011 American Technology Awards Finalist - in Clean Tech/Green Tech category
  • "The future is happening in the form of a new iPhone app developed by Streetline called "Parker." And the beauty rests in Streetline's simple and ingenious design"
    - earthgarage

Achievements

Details

When Streetline came to Duff, their highest priority was getting a great architectural foundation that they could rapidly build on. They also wanted help distilling their business goals and vision for making parking effortless into a technical roadmap for their mobile apps.

We delivered on all counts, creating a data architecture that allows instant display of prices, real-time availability, and full policy information for all parking spaces and garages across an entire metropolitan area (e.g. New York) and yet allows rapid switching to 60+ other US metropolitan areas via a multi-tier cache. With this, we designed new server APIs and a parking object model for Streetline that partitions and packs their data, such that their daily server data transfer per user is 100x less than it was previously.

On the UI front, we designed a unique look for Parker with custom iPhone popover views, powerful filters, and information banners, while still having an easy user experience flow that helps users rapidly find the best parking near their destination, pay for it via their phone, set reminders, find their parked car, and remember their last parking sessions, for accounting purposes. In subsequent versions, we've added features for garage operators, including support for reservations and ads. The 2.1 version of Parker got a standing ovation at the 2011 National Parking Association conference when Streetline showed it to garage operators.

We are proud to have helped Streetline become a leader in the parking industry!

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