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What was the problem to be solved?
Biltmore Technologies acquired the patents for color-changing nano-technologies via flexible polymers and needed a way to demonstrate the capabilities of the technology, so they created the idea for color-changing nails that could be controlled via an iPhone.
Biltmore needed a company that could build an iPhone app that could communicate with the polymers.
Biltmore Technologies retained Gunner Technology to build a complete hardware and software solution that would allow on-demand control over the opacity and color of consumer products such as fingernails, vehicles, sunglasses and more via Bluetooth Low Energy.
Specifically, iPolish would be a consumer product that allowed purchasers to apply clear coated press-on nails, which they could then change the color of using their iPhone.
Similarly, iArmor was to be a consumer product for homes and automobiles to control tint and privacy by changing the opacity of glass via an iPhone app.
What was the proposed solution?
What challenges arose during the project?
Where to begin.
This was something that had never been done before so we had to figure out a number of things.
First thing was fingering out how to develop a custom color picker that limited the colors to that which the substrate/polymers would allow.
Second, we had to solve the challenge of converting an RGB value on a back-lit screen to a CMYK value on a real-world, front-lit object (the nail).
Finally, we had to figure out how to communicate to the wand using BLE.
What was the project management approach to the project?
Our iterations were one-week long each and all development sprints ended with a product demonstration via a potentially launchable product
What did you learn from working on this project?
We learned so much about BLE and also the mathematics behind color - especially the difference between the additive color model and the subtractive color model and converting between the two.
How did this project benefit the client?
Unfortunately, Biltmore could never figure out how to make the substrates last in direct sunlight so the nail polish idea never took off.
However, Biltmore was able to use iPolish as a demonstration that raised capital for the company from investors including Dean Woodman.
What tools, techniques and methodologies were used on this project?