Software Development and App Design Firm

Software Development and App Design Firm

RKS is a comprehensive software innovation, design, development, and engineering firm.

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Software Development

Services

About RKS

Custom software development is an iterative process that uses the latest technology to meet user needs. Recent watershed technologies like AI/ML, IoT, Cloud, AR/VR, and Mobile have   created opportunities for innovation across all industries. At the same time, these technologies are challenging designers and software developers to find the right use cases. Finding the right use cases for software development requires an iterative development process, where developers gather stakeholder feedback, create need-based designs, gather more feedback, and implement it. This development process relies on our core competencies as a full-stack development firm, which allows us to build custom software holistically and efficiently.

RKS is a comprehensive software innovation, design, development, and engineering firm. Whether designing new consumer products and services or improving existing ones, we assist at all stages of a product’s life cycle. We use our advanced psycho-aesthetic methodology to solve complex problems that address design, development, and regulatory issues. Our cross-disciplinary specialists, researchers, designers, and engineers leverage their deep understanding of multiple industries and technologies to spark creative and innovative software solutions.

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RKS is a comprehensive software innovation, design, development, and engineering firm.

RKS logo small
RKS logo small

Software Development

Services

About RKS

Custom software development is an iterative process that uses the latest technology to meet user needs. Recent watershed technologies like AI/ML, IoT, Cloud, AR/VR, and Mobile have  created opportunities for innovation across all industries. At the same time, these technologies are challenging designers and software developers to find the right use cases. Finding the right use cases for software development requires an iterative development process, where developers gather stakeholder feedback, create need-based designs, gather more feedback, and implement it. This development process relies on our core competencies as a full-stack development firm, which allows us to build custom software holistically and efficiently.

RKS is a comprehensive software innovation, design, development, and engineering firm. Whether designing new consumer products and services or improving existing ones, we assist at all stages of a product’s life cycle. We use our advanced psycho-aesthetic methodology to solve complex problems that address design, development, and regulatory issues. Our cross-disciplinary specialists, researchers, designers, and engineers leverage their deep understanding of multiple industries and technologies to spark creative and innovative software solutions.

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Key Technologies

The best new technology products synthesize new and emergent technologies. Choosing one technology over another is a prioritization of cost, quality, and functionality. Prioritization requires an understanding of the key technologies that are driving software product development. In the last decade, AI, Cloud, AR and VR, IoT, and Mobile have emerged as the defining development technologies. These technologies will also define the future of software development. These macro technologies are supported by the incredible growth of cloud services and solutions, which reduce the cost and increase the efficiency of development, compute, and storage. We have extensive experience using the latest languages, frameworks, and libraries as well as APIs and SDKs to create custom solutions to user needs. To deploy these libraries we leverage best-in-class IaaS and PaaS, and SaaS to provide scalable services for businesses and a seamless experience for users.

AI/ML Development

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine learning (ML) and have been two of the most transformative technologies of the last decade. Using ML, some of the most innovative companies in the world have developed custom statistical models and predictive capabilities in language processing, image recognition, and personalization. These models and capabilities have delivered transformative solutions and services around the world. Underlying these capabilities are powerful libraries like TensorFlow, Keras, and PyTorch. Depending on the user needs and business cases, we have used both varying learning techniques. For personalization of mobile and web apps, we have developed custom supervised machine learning algorithms to understand correlations in customer behavior. For image recognition and body tracking we have used deep learning to deploy custom convolutional neural networks that can find patterns in unstructured data.

Cloud Development

Cloud services have fundamentally changed software development through exponential increases in compute availability and reduced costs of scale. These enablers can be seen driving the growth of web companies like Netflix, Google, and Amazon. Increasingly cloud services are also implementing security features and privacy once offered only by on-premise environments. Companies can now deploy fast, secure, and scalable services to their team and clients. As a result, most modern software is now developed and deployed on cloud services. We develop software with market leading IaaS and PaaS providers like AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud. We have implemented Natural Language processing with Amazon Lex, and AR/VR with Amazon Sumerian. In addition to IaaS and PaaS, we also integrate with world-class SaaS providers like Salesforce, Office 365, Box, Zen Desk, and DocuSign.

AR and VR Development

Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) are being used by all industries to enable enhanced virtual presence data access. These technologies have been transformational in healthcare, education, and aerospace, as well as in design and engineering. VR has allowed aerospace mechanics to train on virtual planes and students to be virtually present as they visit museums across the world. AR is enabling app and software developers to use cameras to create a custom UI over real-time data. Because of their newness, AR and VR are being included in custom services and app deployments as opposed to the public web and websites. At the same time SDKs like iOS ARKit and ARCore have made AR/VR software development easier than ever. A company deploying these services should see them as an important part of long-term strategy and ROI.

IoT Development

IoT is changing the world in a subtle, yet profound way. Cell phones, vehicles, electronic appliances, and smart sensors contain sensors that can collect data, which can be uploaded to the cloud or directly exchanged with other connected devices. This data can be analyzed by companies to enhance their services, or create new solutions that deliver more value to their customers. As sensors, storage, and analytics become faster, cheaper, better, and more integrated, these IoT devices will have a significant impact on many aspects of our lives including how we live, drive, and farm animals and crops. As both a software and industrial product design and innovation firm, we consider ourselves IoT-first. Our product design process considers where and how our products need to collect and use data that will help companies, cities, or nonprofits operate more sustainably, effectively, and efficiently.

Mobile Development

Mobile software development through the web and apps continues to be as important as ever. More than 60% of internet users access the mobile internet, and mobile devices accounted for nearly half of all internet traffic in 2020. Today, the availability of the mobile app and the mobile web has produced a change in the way humans feel and experience computing. Computing is now carried everywhere in mobile phones and affects everything we do. The technology enabling this change has been a combination of front-end development languages like HTML5, CSS, and Javascript and back-end development languages like Python/Django that can link mobile software to supercomputer processing capabilities that drive user personalization and enhanced customer service. Changes in technology have also made cross-development easier, allowing a service or solution to be developed for both the web and and an app to look and feel the same to users on all devices.

Xcinex Venue designed by RKS Product Design firm

Product: Xcinex VenueBringing the Big Screen to the comfort of your home with Venue.

Key Software Development Technologies

The best new technology products synthesize new and emergent technologies. Choosing one technology over another is a prioritization of cost, quality, and functionality. Prioritization requires an understanding of the key technologies that are driving software product development. In the last decade, AI, Cloud, AR and VR, IoT, and Mobile have emerged as the defining development technologies. These technologies will also define the future of software development. These macro technologies are supported by the incredible growth of cloud services and solutions, which reduce the cost and increase the efficiency of development, compute, and storage. We have extensive experience using the latest languages, frameworks, and libraries as well as APIs and SDKs to create custom solutions to user needs. To deploy these libraries we leverage best-in-class IaaS and PaaS, and SaaS to provide scalable services for businesses and a seamless experience for users.
AI/ML Development
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine learning (ML) and have been two of the most transformative technologies of the last decade. Using ML, some of the most innovative companies in the world have developed custom statistical models and predictive capabilities in language processing, image recognition, and personalization. These models and capabilities have delivered transformative solutions and services around the world. Underlying these capabilities are powerful libraries like TensorFlow, Keras, and PyTorch. Depending on the user needs and business cases, we have used both varying learning techniques. For personalization of mobile and web apps, we have developed custom supervised machine learning algorithms to understand correlations in customer behavior. For image recognition and body tracking we have used deep learning to deploy custom convolutional neural networks that can find patterns in unstructured data.
Cloud Development
Cloud services have fundamentally changed software development through exponential increases in compute availability and reduced costs of scale. These enablers can be seen driving the growth of web companies like Netflix, Google, and Amazon. Increasingly cloud services are also implementing security features and privacy once offered only by on-premise environments. Companies can now deploy fast, secure, and scalable services to their team and clients. As a result, most modern software is now developed and deployed on cloud services. We develop software with market leading IaaS and PaaS providers like AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud. We have implemented Natural Language processing with Amazon Lex, and AR/VR with Amazon Sumerian. In addition to IaaS and PaaS, we also integrate with world-class SaaS providers like Salesforce, Office 365, Box, Zen Desk, and DocuSign.
AR and VR Development

Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) are being used by all industries to enable enhanced virtual presence data access. These technologies have been transformational in healthcare, education, and aerospace, as well as in design and engineering. VR has allowed aerospace mechanics to train on virtual planes and students to be virtually present as they visit museums across the world. AR is enabling app and software developers to use cameras to create a custom UI over real-time data. Because of their newness, AR and VR are being included in custom services and app deployments as opposed to the public web and websites. At the same time SDKs like iOS ARKit and ARCore have made AR/VR software development easier than ever. A company deploying these services should see them as an important part of long-term strategy and ROI.

Xcinex Venue designed by RKS Product Design firm
IoT Development

IoT is changing the world in a subtle, yet profound way. Cell phones, vehicles, electronic appliances, and smart sensors contain sensors that can collect data, which can be uploaded to the cloud or directly exchanged with other connected devices. This data can be analyzed by companies to enhance their services, or create new solutions that deliver more value to their customers. As sensors, storage, and analytics become faster, cheaper, better, and more integrated, these IoT devices will have a significant impact on many aspects of our lives including how we live, drive, and farm animals and crops. As both a software and industrial product design and innovation firm, we consider ourselves IoT-first. Our product design process considers where and how our products need to collect and use data that will help companies, cities, or nonprofits operate more sustainably, effectively, and efficiently.

Mobile Development

Mobile software development through the web and apps continues to be as important as ever. More than 60% of internet users access the mobile internet, and mobile devices accounted for nearly half of all internet traffic in 2020. Today, the availability of the mobile app and the mobile web has produced a change in the way humans feel and experience computing. Computing is now carried everywhere in mobile phones and affects everything we do. The technology enabling this change has been a combination of front-end development languages like HTML5, CSS, and Javascript and back-end development languages like Python/Django that can link mobile software to supercomputer processing capabilities that drive user personalization and enhanced customer service. Changes in technology have also made cross-development easier, allowing a service or solution to be developed for both the web and and an app to look and feel the same to users on all devices.

Front-End and Back-End Development

Software development combines front-end engineering on the user-facing application and back-end engineering on the services and data that make the user-facing application possible. Full-stack software development combines both front-end and back-end engineering into one skillset. Our team of developers use their full-stack software development experience to create efficient and targeted applications to meet user needs. Unlike traditional analog product development, lean software development allows for more and more frequent user testing and validation of a product. This means that client and user input can be incorporated into successive improvements of the product before launch. Combined with full-stack development, this interactive and iterative process becomes more efficient where both the user-facing application and technology that supports it can be closely matched. In the end, full-stack software development means that our software is more efficiently built, and narrowly tailored to user’s needs.

Front-end Software Development

Front-end development produces the user-facing code, which creates what the user sees. As a result, front-end developers focus on user experience, and the technology they implement hinges on how well it will accomplish that efficiency, speed, and smooth functionality. Their responsibilities include ensuring that there are no errors or bugs on the front end, and that the design appears as it’s supposed to across various platforms and browsers. As a result, front-end development takes design creativity and deep technical experience. Our team of developers work closely with designers and users to create software that is based on user needs. Together they quantitatively and qualitatively identify requirements and provide recommendations for solutions. At the same time, our team of developers works with company and client stakeholders to make sure that we are meeting companies’ business goals, needs, and opportunities. Our team of developers have experience developing front-end experiences for different industries across a variety of common platforms across browsers and devices.

Proof of Concept

Industrial design is a consecutive and interactive process that begins with the research phase. Research provides a foundation for all later decisions in the design process. However, at times research is also revisited to understand why and how key features or design decisions drive emotional resonance. This research phase usually begins with customer research. Our research team works with our clients to understand who their consumers are and how they live their lives. We use primary research tools such as surveys and ethnography, as well as secondary sources such as internal client documentation. In addition to customer research, we also do market research through benchmarking. A product or service’s success is usually measured by its performance against its competitors. We create a landscape of potential competitors, how they position themselves, and what their key differentiators and attractors are in the marketplace. We use the P/A Word Bank to create a library of common descriptors for benchmarking that can be later used to develop a brand or product’s design, look, and feel. These research approaches are used to establish holistic and important understandings that are later synthesized into actionable consumer insights that drive design choices.

Back-end Software Development

Back-end software development creates the technology that powers the user-facing side of the software. Usually, the back end of a website or app consists of a server, an application, and a database, which include a mix of development services, algorithms, and APIs that enable additional functionality on the front end. Our backend team of developers use server-side software development languages like PHP, Ruby, Python, Java, and .Net, tools like MySQL, Oracle, and SQL Server, PHP frameworks like Zend, Symfony, and CakePHP, and software development languages like Python for data management. Like designers back-end developers want to create products that are efficient and well-suited to the purpose at hand. Because back-end software development can be a cost-center for the product or service, it’s important that development choices reflect clear needs. Before writing their code, our team of developers collaborate with our designers and business stakeholders to understand the business objectives. Our designers and developers then translate those business objectives and user needs into technical requirements for the most effective and efficient solution for architecting the technology.

Testing and Release Management

Testing and release management is the process of planning, scheduling, and controlling the development of the software product through every stage, and testing and deploying future releases. Our software development testing process begins with the release of an MVP. Sometimes this MVP will be an alpha or beta release to an internal or carefully selected external population in order to generate user feedback. Depending on the business needs, this testing and release part of the development process is iterative and ends with the final release of the production software. Because products are often created for multiple platforms, this release is usually staggered. Using a staggered testing and release schedule allows our software development team to address any bugs to be fixed or features to be changed based on wider customer feedback.

Medical Software Development

Medical software has a web of stakeholders ranging from physicians to hospital administrators, to patients, to administrative agencies. As a result, it must be resilient and intuitive where a misplaced button or downtimes can cause personal injury or create liability. It must also be compliant with government regulations and strict data privacy provisions. Our clients have put us to the test, challenging us to develop leading medical software that address the dynamic data-privacy landscape. In one challenge, we developed a HIPAA compliant SAAS platform to diagnose and treat spinal health using advanced body scanning technology and proprietary machine learning algorithms. In another challenge, we developed an iOS application using peer-to-peer digital wallet technology to allow users to manage and share their digital personal health information. Other examples include a mobile app for on demand nurse practitioners, and an eldercare platform using a hybrid Salesforce and custom SAAS approach. For all of these solutions we completed all front and backend software development including tools to manage patient data and a mobile responsive app, as well as all testing and release management.

Enterprise and Industrial Software Development

Enterprise and Industrial software are increasingly becoming a source of competitive advantage for companies wanting to become more data-driven in their decision-making, leaner in their operations, and more selective in their human capital. Our clients have put us to the test, challenging us to use the latest technologies to create innovative solutions to these problems. In one challenge we developed an Android application to collect, analyze and upstream real time driving data, including GPS, inertial measurements, and multi camera video. Using this app, the client could become more data driven in selecting, managing, and retaining, their workforce. In this case we completed the application architecture and product design, and developed the full application and key features including social mechanics, messages, and AR stories, and posting of photos and videos.

Loan Gifting UI images on PC and iPad

Product: LoanGifting – A digital service experience that redefines student loan debt.

Custom Software Development

Software development combines front-end engineering on the user-facing application and back-end engineering on the services and data that make the user-facing application possible. Full-stack software development combines both front-end and back-end engineering into one skillset. Our team of developers use their full-stack software development experience to create efficient and targeted applications to meet user needs. Unlike traditional analog product development, lean software development allows for more and more frequent user testing and validation of a product. This means that client and user input can be incorporated into successive improvements of the product before launch. Combined with full-stack development, this interactive and iterative process becomes more efficient where both the user-facing application and technology that supports it can be closely matched. In the end, full-stack software development means that our software is more efficiently built, and narrowly tailored to user’s needs.

Front-end Software Development

Front-end development produces the user-facing code, which creates what the user sees. As a result, front-end developers focus on user experience, and the technology they implement hinges on how well it will accomplish that efficiency, speed, and smooth functionality. Their responsibilities include ensuring that there are no errors or bugs on the front end, and that the design appears as it’s supposed to across various platforms and browsers. As a result, front-end development takes design creativity and deep technical experience. Our team of developers work closely with designers and users to create software that is based on user needs. Together they quantitatively and qualitatively identify requirements and provide recommendations for solutions. At the same time, our team of developers works with company and client stakeholders to make sure that we are meeting companies’ business goals, needs, and opportunities. Our team of developers have experience developing front-end experiences for different industries across a variety of common platforms across browsers and devices.

Proof of Concept
Industrial design is a consecutive and interactive process that begins with the research phase. Research provides a foundation for all later decisions in the design process. However, at times research is also revisited to understand why and how key features or design decisions drive emotional resonance. This research phase usually begins with customer research. Our research team works with our clients to understand who their consumers are and how they live their lives. We use primary research tools such as surveys and ethnography, as well as secondary sources such as internal client documentation. In addition to customer research, we also do market research through benchmarking. A product or service’s success is usually measured by its performance against its competitors. We create a landscape of potential competitors, how they position themselves, and what their key differentiators and attractors are in the marketplace. We use the P/A Word Bank to create a library of common descriptors for benchmarking that can be later used to develop a brand or product’s design, look, and feel. These research approaches are used to establish holistic and important understandings that are later synthesized into actionable consumer insights that drive design choices.
Back-end Software Development

Back-end software development creates the technology that powers the user-facing side of the software. Usually, the back end of a website or app consists of a server, an application, and a database, which include a mix of development services, algorithms, and APIs that enable additional functionality on the front end. Our backend team of developers use server-side software development languages like PHP, Ruby, Python, Java, and .Net, tools like MySQL, Oracle, and SQL Server, PHP frameworks like Zend, Symfony, and CakePHP, and software development languages like Python for data management. Like designers back-end developers want to create products that are efficient and well-suited to the purpose at hand. Because back-end software development can be a cost-center for the product or service, it’s important that development choices reflect clear needs. Before writing their code, our team of developers collaborate with our designers and business stakeholders to understand the business objectives. Our designers and developers then translate those business objectives and user needs into technical requirements for the most effective and efficient solution for architecting the technology.

Loan Gifting UI images on PC and iPad
Testing and Release Management

Testing and release management is the process of planning, scheduling, and controlling the development of the software product through every stage, and testing and deploying future releases. Our software development testing process begins with the release of an MVP. Sometimes this MVP will be an alpha or beta release to an internal or carefully selected external population in order to generate user feedback. Depending on the business needs, this testing and release part of the development process is iterative and ends with the final release of the production software. Because products are often created for multiple platforms, this release is usually staggered. Using a staggered testing and release schedule allows our software development team to address any bugs to be fixed or features to be changed based on wider customer feedback.

Medical Software Development

Medical software has a web of stakeholders ranging from physicians to hospital administrators, to patients, to administrative agencies. As a result, it must be resilient and intuitive where a misplaced button or downtimes can cause personal injury or create liability. It must also be compliant with government regulations and strict data privacy provisions. Our clients have put us to the test, challenging us to develop leading medical software that address the dynamic data-privacy landscape. In one challenge, we developed a HIPAA compliant SAAS platform to diagnose and treat spinal health using advanced body scanning technology and proprietary machine learning algorithms. In another challenge, we developed an iOS application using peer-to-peer digital wallet technology to allow users to manage and share their digital personal health information. Other examples include a mobile app for on demand nurse practitioners, and an eldercare platform using a hybrid Salesforce and custom SAAS approach. For all of these solutions we completed all front and backend software development including tools to manage patient data and a mobile responsive app, as well as all testing and release management.

Enterprise and Industrial Software Development

Enterprise and Industrial software are increasingly becoming a source of competitive advantage for companies wanting to become more data-driven in their decision-making, leaner in their operations, and more selective in their human capital. Our clients have put us to the test, challenging us to use the latest technologies to create innovative solutions to these problems. In one challenge we developed an Android application to collect, analyze and upstream real time driving data, including GPS, inertial measurements, and multi camera video. Using this app, the client could become more data driven in selecting, managing, and retaining, their workforce. In this case we completed the application architecture and product design, and developed the full application and key features including social mechanics, messages, and AR stories, and posting of photos and videos.

Software Development Applications

While new software can usually be developed with off-the-shelf technologies, each new product creates different software development challenges. In many cases, these are challenges we overcome using our deep experience in software development and engineering. In other cases, we rely on our industry experience and our human-centered design expertise. In every project we work with clients to understand the unique characteristics of the industry and the user and business requirements for that industry. We also work with clients to ensure that decisions during software development are consistent with the project goals. This consulting-based system ensures that our development decisions are consistent with user needs, business strategy, and industry practices. We develop software for consumer, enterprise/industrial, and medical industries, and also develop software products that blende and define new industries.

Consumer Software Development

Consumer software can reach millions of users and directly impact their everyday lives. It is often sold directly to consumers, and it can dramatically increase a consumer’s productivity, happiness, health, and connectedness. Our clients have put us to the test, challenging us to develop innovative and far-reaching consumer software. In one challenge, we developed a a real-time messaging app using augmented reality technology and real world positioning while supporting embedded media like photos and video. In another challenge, we built an avatar-based chat system capable of allowing for multiple inputs including speech and text while allowing responses to come seamlessly from both human and machine. We’ve also used augmented reality technology to enable users to virtually try on eyewear in real time and make purchases using their mobile phones. In all of these examples we developed the application architecture, front-end software development, including facial tracked 3D meshes for glasses try on, back-end software development, and testing and release management.

Open Innovation Software Development

The future hasn’t been written, and one size rarely fits all. We’re open to software development challenges that blend industries or create new ones. At the same time, we’re ready to use our team of software developers to take on big challenges that use the latest technologies to address the world’s most pressing problems like sustainability, climate change, and poverty. Our open innovation custom software development expertise draws from our decades of design, innovation, and development experience. This experience enables us to execute on creative software development projects that require uncertain solutions. We’re able to use the latest software development technologies like Augmented Reality SDKs, AI and ML, Natural Language Processing, Blockchain, IoT, and Cloud platforms such as AWS, Google Cloud, Azure, and Watson. We are at an incredible time in history where our ability to create solutions is limited only by our own imaginations.

Medical Software Development

Medical software has a web of stakeholders ranging from physicians to hospital administrators, to patients, to administrative agencies. As a result, it must be resilient and intuitive where a misplaced button or downtimes can cause personal injury or create liability. It must also be compliant with government regulations and strict data privacy provisions. Our clients have put us to the test, challenging us to develop leading medical software that address the dynamic data-privacy landscape. In one challenge, we developed a HIPAA compliant SAAS platform to diagnose and treat spinal health using advanced body scanning technology and proprietary machine learning algorithms. In another challenge, we developed an iOS application using peer-to-peer digital wallet technology to allow users to manage and share their digital personal health information. Other examples include a mobile app for on demand nurse practitioners, and an eldercare platform using a hybrid Salesforce and custom SAAS approach. For all of these solutions we completed all front and backend software development including tools to manage patient data and a mobile responsive app, as well as all testing and release management.

Enterprise and Industrial Software Development

Enterprise and Industrial software are increasingly becoming a source of competitive advantage for companies wanting to become more data-driven in their decision-making, leaner in their operations, and more selective in their human capital. Our clients have put us to the test, challenging us to use the latest technologies to create innovative solutions to these problems. In one challenge we developed an Android application to collect, analyze and upstream real time driving data, including GPS, inertial measurements, and multi camera video. Using this app, the client could become more data driven in selecting, managing, and retaining, their workforce. In this case we completed the application architecture and product design, and developed the full application and key features including social mechanics, messages, and AR stories, and posting of photos and videos.

RKS Product Design Firm designed Hamilton T1 Mobile Ventilator

Product: Hamilton T1A more compact,  efficient, mobile ventilator. 

Software Development Applications

While new software can usually be developed with off-the-shelf technologies, each new product creates different software development challenges. In many cases, these are challenges we overcome using our deep experience in software development and engineering. In other cases, we rely on our industry experience and our human-centered design expertise. In every project we work with clients to understand the unique characteristics of the industry and the user and business requirements for that industry. We also work with clients to ensure that decisions during software development are consistent with the project goals. This consulting-based system ensures that our development decisions are consistent with user needs, business strategy, and industry practices. We develop software for consumer, enterprise/industrial, and medical industries, and also develop software products that blende and define new industries.

Consumer Software Development

Consumer software can reach millions of users and directly impact their everyday lives. It is often sold directly to consumers, and it can dramatically increase a consumer’s productivity, happiness, health, and connectedness. Our clients have put us to the test, challenging us to develop innovative and far-reaching consumer software. In one challenge, we developed a a real-time messaging app using augmented reality technology and real world positioning while supporting embedded media like photos and video. In another challenge, we built an avatar-based chat system capable of allowing for multiple inputs including speech and text while allowing responses to come seamlessly from both human and machine. We’ve also used augmented reality technology to enable users to virtually try on eyewear in real time and make purchases using their mobile phones. In all of these examples we developed the application architecture, front-end software development, including facial tracked 3D meshes for glasses try on, back-end software development, and testing and release management.

Open Innovation Software Development
The future hasn’t been written, and one size rarely fits all. We’re open to software development challenges that blend industries or create new ones. At the same time, we’re ready to use our team of software developers to take on big challenges that use the latest technologies to address the world’s most pressing problems like sustainability, climate change, and poverty. Our open innovation custom software development expertise draws from our decades of design, innovation, and development experience. This experience enables us to execute on creative software development projects that require uncertain solutions. We’re able to use the latest software development technologies like Augmented Reality SDKs, AI and ML, Natural Language Processing, Blockchain, IoT, and Cloud platforms such as AWS, Google Cloud, Azure, and Watson. We are at an incredible time in history where our ability to create solutions is limited only by our own imaginations.
RKS Product Design Firm designed Hamilton T1 Mobile Ventilator
Medical Software Development

Medical software has a web of stakeholders ranging from physicians to hospital administrators, to patients, to administrative agencies. As a result, it must be resilient and intuitive where a misplaced button or downtimes can cause personal injury or create liability. It must also be compliant with government regulations and strict data privacy provisions. Our clients have put us to the test, challenging us to develop leading medical software that address the dynamic data-privacy landscape. In one challenge, we developed a HIPAA compliant SAAS platform to diagnose and treat spinal health using advanced body scanning technology and proprietary machine learning algorithms. In another challenge, we developed an iOS application using peer-to-peer digital wallet technology to allow users to manage and share their digital personal health information. Other examples include a mobile app for on demand nurse practitioners, and an eldercare platform using a hybrid Salesforce and custom SAAS approach. For all of these solutions we completed all front and backend software development including tools to manage patient data and a mobile responsive app, as well as all testing and release management.

Enterprise and Industrial Software Development

Enterprise and Industrial software are increasingly becoming a source of competitive advantage for companies wanting to become more data-driven in their decision-making, leaner in their operations, and more selective in their human capital. Our clients have put us to the test, challenging us to use the latest technologies to create innovative solutions to these problems. In one challenge we developed an Android application to collect, analyze and upstream real time driving data, including GPS, inertial measurements, and multi camera video. Using this app, the client could become more data driven in selecting, managing, and retaining, their workforce. In this case we completed the application architecture and product design, and developed the full application and key features including social mechanics, messages, and AR stories, and posting of photos and videos.

FAQ's

We can research, design, and build any software solution. RKS has a team of dedicated software engineers, software architects, product managers, and UX/UI designers. We have decades of experience developing software and integrated hardware/software solutions. Our software solutions have included the latest technologies: blockchain/Web3, IoT, AI/ML, computer vision, SaaS, PaaS, IaaS.

An enterprise’s most important decision is to decide what to buy and what to build. The best approach is a pragmatic one. Many enterprises assume that buying software is always the efficient way to design and develop software. However, buying software or using open source software can often lead to longer, more expensive implementations. A bought piece of software must also be supported by the developer, and the developer decides how/if the software will scale and whether to support it all. By building their own software, an enterprise can ensure that it controls the support and scaling ability of the software it needs. its own developers are in control, and if the developer leaves the project the enterprise itself must support the software. Open source software has the same issues. Alternatively, if an enterprise builds their own software, it can determine who supports the software and control it’s feature set to accommodate scaling.

We work on software designs projects from idea to execution. We are a full-service and full-stack software development firm. Depending on the stage of the project, we can help with the customer ethnographic research, market benchmarking, research synthesis, prototyping, design, development, and deployment. We can source or create technologies as needed by the project. We can also support a project once it’s been created.

Each of our projects use our human-centered Psycho-Aesthetics methodology. We start the process by gathering information from our client, benchmark the market and existing competitors, and understand the target users. This type of targeted research helps to drive human-centered decisions later on in the software development process. This process also helps to de-risk the software development process. Too often software products are created without a user or without a market. Finding this product-market fit is essential for every project, whether it be an internal project for internal users or external project.

RKS has an experienced team of UX/UI designers that are able to design any type of software. We use human-centered design methodology to make software that is intuitive and functional. Our design team works closely with our engineering team to make sure designs take into account the latest technologies and also take into account development timelines for design decisions. This synergistic design process ensures that software can be designed within budgets and timelines.

The general rule is that it takes 6 months to develop an app. Depending on the needs for initial research and design this timeline can grow. An app developed in six months can be used to test product-market fit, but is generally not ready to scale. It might take another 3-6 months to incorporate user feedback from a beta version of an app, into a production version that can be scaled to other users.

The cost is highly variable and depends on the product requirements. The price can be anywhere from $100k to upwards of $1M for a working prototype. The price is dependent on three main factors: 1) Complexity 2) Technologies and 3) Existing progress. A simple app that is already designed, uses one or few technologies will likely be less expensive to develop than an app that is in the idea stages, will uses the latest APIs, and has many user flows requiring many UI screens. We look to understand these issues early on in the software development process to level-set with our clients.

Software Development Case Study Spotlight

Xcinex

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LoanGifting

A digital service experience that redefines student loan debt.

Hamilton T1

A more compact, efficient, mobile ventilator.

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FAQ's

We can research, design, and build any software solution. RKS has a team of dedicated software engineers, software architects, product managers, and UX/UI designers. We have decades of experience developing software and integrated hardware/software solutions. Our software solutions have included the latest technologies: blockchain/Web3, IoT, AI/ML, computer vision, SaaS, PaaS, IaaS.

An enterprise’s most important decision is to decide what to buy and what to build. The best approach is a pragmatic one. Many enterprises assume that buying software is always the efficient way to design and develop software. However, buying software or using open source software can often lead to longer, more expensive implementations. A bought piece of software must also be supported by the developer, and the developer decides how/if the software will scale and whether to support it all. By building their own software, an enterprise can ensure that it controls the support and scaling ability of the software it needs. its own developers are in control, and if the developer leaves the project the enterprise itself must support the software. Open source software has the same issues. Alternatively, if an enterprise builds their own software, it can determine who supports the software and control it’s feature set to accommodate scaling.

We work on software designs projects from idea to execution. We are a full-service and full-stack software development firm. Depending on the stage of the project, we can help with the customer ethnographic research, market benchmarking, research synthesis, prototyping, design, development, and deployment. We can source or create technologies as needed by the project. We can also support a project once it’s been created.

Each of our projects use our human-centered Psycho-Aesthetics methodology. We start the process by gathering information from our client, benchmark the market and existing competitors, and understand the target users. This type of targeted research helps to drive human-centered decisions later on in the software development process. This process also helps to de-risk the software development process. Too often software products are created without a user or without a market. Finding this product-market fit is essential for every project, whether it be an internal project for internal users or external project.

RKS has an experienced team of UX/UI designers that are able to design any type of software. We use human-centered design methodology to make software that is intuitive and functional. Our design team works closely with our engineering team to make sure designs take into account the latest technologies and also take into account development timelines for design decisions. This synergistic design process ensures that software can be designed within budgets and timelines.

The general rule is that it takes 6 months to develop an app. Depending on the needs for initial research and design this timeline can grow. An app developed in six months can be used to test product-market fit, but is generally not ready to scale. It might take another 3-6 months to incorporate user feedback from a beta version of an app, into a production version that can be scaled to other users.

The cost is highly variable and depends on the product requirements. The price can be anywhere from $100k to upwards of $1M for a working prototype. The price is dependent on three main factors: 1) Complexity 2) Technologies and 3) Existing progress. A simple app that is already designed, uses one or few technologies will likely be less expensive to develop than an app that is in the idea stages, will uses the latest APIs, and has many user flows requiring many UI screens. We look to understand these issues early on in the software development process to level-set with our clients.

Software Development Case Study Spotlight

Xcinex

Bringing the Big Screen to the comfort of your home with Venue.

LoanGifting

A digital service experience that redefines student loan debt.

Hamilton T1

A more compact, efficient, mobile ventilator.

Experience more of our Software Development Work.