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Challenge

Entrepreneurs and snow sports enthusiasts wanted an application in native Android and iOS versions that would allow users to orient themselves on a slope, see localized weather and track and share as much of their experience and achievements as possible. Sophisticated geolocation was a given, but we wanted to bump it up a notch and create a parallel social network just for users. Since the application would be used on ski slopes with spotty connectivity, the app would need to cache data natively for upload when a connection becomes available. When they came to us, the system was already in production, but many of its features were broken and it needed a near-complete overhaul.

Method

We set out on a cat herding expedition to wrangle in the smaller dev teams who had worked on Snocru historically and to fill in skills that were clearly missing; especially Android development. Keeping up the pressure on all fronts and utilizing an Agile project management methodology enabled us to make massive strides in rebuilding the system.

Despite the requirement of functioning in low connectivity, we managed to include the ability for users to locate each other on the slopes as well as statistical tracking features such as top speed, distance, altitude, vertical gain/descent, number of runs, and current slope angle.

Results

In early 2016, our Snocru Android application was featured in the Google Play store. We excitedly continue to develop new features into the platform and watch its user base grow exponentially.

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Challenge

Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia are terrible diseases and medical researchers are working hard to improve treatments. A leading institution in this effort is the Memory and Aging Center at the University of California San Francisco, which needed a mobile application to better diagnose dementia. The intent was to put a reliable, accurate, easy-to-use and easy-to-update diagnostic tool in the hands of clinicians. The application also needed to comply with HIPAA requirements. If we can more accurately diagnose dementia, we can save lives. Seriously.

Method

We worked with neuroscientists, social workers and other professionals to translate diagnostic algorithms into tests that measure patient memory, cognitive ability, and physical ability. The application’s performance is continually compared to traditional dementia diagnostic methods and we are refining the algorithms as needed. We started TabCAT as a web-based app, then converted it to being a mobile app via PhoneGap/Cordova. As an unexpected bonus, our friends at UCSF were able to take advantage of our in-house resources, such as design and project management. With simplicity in mind, we designed a clean user experience and interface (UX/UI). A clinician enters a patient ID number, chooses the desired assessment tests and prompts the patient to interact with the tablet. This data is later analyzed by a neuropsychologist.

Results

In ongoing trials with real patients, TabCAT has proven itself to be more effective than previous paper-based tests at detecting dementia. Healthcare professionals are pleased with the results and we continue to work with them to refine the logic and appearance of the application. The UCSF Memory and Aging Center has made all of the code publicly available on Github, so others may adapt it to their needs.

Excellent Communication

Vynyl has been excellent to work with and communication has been seamless.

Erica J., UCSF

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Challenge

Yroo was an experiment from the beginning. It started when some members of RetailCommon.com, a widely-used e-commerce toolset, formed an initiative to create a shopping experience around social sharing and a user's interests. When we met the Yroo team, they had a very basic MVP with a small handful of users. They wanted us to help them create an interface around the data being collected from their users' interactions.

Method

We integrated directly with the Yroo team to get new direction frequently based on recorded user habits. Based on that data, our team made iterative improvements to their interface design. We then re-analyzed user trends and made further changes until the design met client needs.

Results

Yroo.com now has over 2 million registered users and the client is pleased with business. We continue to work closely with them to evolve the interface around user habits.

Phenominal Growth

Reaching 2 million registered users was a great milestone for us and it would not have been possible without Vynyl's work.

Nick Z., Yroo

CaseStudy | Client:

Challenge

Field sociologists at the Yale Institute for Network Science have a tough job. They often work in primitive, difficult conditions in the quest to better understand societies in the Third World. Collecting interview information in tablets and reliably transmitting the data is central to their work. Their existing custom-built mobile application suffered from significant problems such as high probability of data loss, slow data synchronization. It had a code base that was extremely difficult to maintain or enhance. The client came to us to fix the system before their already-booked trial in Honduras.

Method

We helped the client resolve urgent issues within their existing code base and supported the system, allowing their sociologists to continue field work in Honduras and India with minimal disruption. We provided Yale with two full-time developers for nearly a year, as well as assistance from our in-house design team. The client used our provided project management system to give us tasks and prioritize work. The client stressed that Internet connections were unreliable, so it was important for the app to securely cache data for upload when a connection became available.

Results

We completely rewrote the application so that it met acceptable standards for speed, reliability and flexibility. Our app, called Trellis, visually plots relationships within and between communities, giving social scientists an easier method for understanding complex relationships. Trellis stores data locally and uploads it to a server at designated times, making it easier for students and professional sociologists to reliably collect and secure data.

Highly Recommended

We are excited to continue working with them on an ongoing basis. I recommend Vynyl with no reservations.

Mark M., Yale University

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