Uniwheel

Revolution in personal transportation

  • Tasks:
    HW Integration, App Design and Development
  • Client:
    Uniwheel, UK
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The Challenge

Uniwheel tasked Cruxlab to develop a set of apps that would allow users to control their Uniwheel vehicles via iOS or Android devices.

The app should not only allow users to control the vehicle, but also know its current status and everything that has been done to it.

For better overall user experience, additional productivity features such as mapping and routing should be included.

The communication between the vehicle and the app should be based on the Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) protocol

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The Development

A very early prototype of the wheel using the Development Kit from Laird Technologies which is based on the BL 600 chipset was used as the starting point of development. The main goal was to keep the software and vehicle development synchronized, while overcoming all of the limitations of BLE. This was handled quite gracefully, thanks to the experience and creativity of Cruxlab personnel, the outstanding collaboration between the vehicle and app development teams and the complete support from Uniwheel.

Later on in the project, the development of the BLE module for the hardware was handed off to Cruxlab to reduce communication overhead.

Mobile App

We have made the UI incredibly easy for the user to see vehicle diagnostics, as well as productivity information.

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Uniwheel wanted to create an app that would allow iOS and Android user to fully interact with the vehicle. The app should not only allow users to control the vehicle, but also know everything that has been done with the vehicle and the vehicle’s current status as well. Some additional productivity features such as mapping and routing were added for a better overall user experience.

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The Uniwheel firmware was built using the SmartBASIC language based on the chipset and requirements given to Cruxlab.

The Result

The Uniwheel app was completed and successfully tested with the vehicle. The overall solution (app + vehicle) garnered overwhelmingly positive reviews. Uniwheel has received VC funding and is preparing for a commercial launch.