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An award-winning audio solutions provider in the UK

Bowers & Wilkins are an award-winning audio solutions provider in the UK, specialising in providing high-end performing loudspeakers, Hi-Fi and Home Cinema products. We have helped Bowers & Wilkins embrace the new media era by developing a user-centred, premium software solution, mobile and web applications that can be used in cooperation with B&W.
Client: Bowers & Wilkins
Industry: Audio

At a Glance

  • Designing and delivering first-class solutions to integrate into B&W speakers’ firmware
  • Integration MATLAB code with iOS and Android and working in parallel with DSP and firmware teams
  • Creation of a new custom toolset to support the rapid development of all embedded devices
  • Supporting the B&W project management lifecycle, from product initiation, to prototype, release, evaluation and analysis

Project Services

Mobile App Development

The Challenge

Bowers & Wilkins challenged us to design and develop a mechanism that would allow users to tune their audio equipment using a mobile device. This algorithm works by taking a series of recordings of a calibration signal at various positions in the room where the audio equipment is situated. The firmware was developed in parallel with the research team and built so that it runs efficiently on both iOS and Android platforms.

There were various technical differences between iOS and Android that would affect how we could integrate the algorithm being written in MATLAB – this is a software environment suited to data analysis, processing and modelling. Part of the challenging process was to prove the viability of the mobile handset.

Coderus has been a key software vendor to us for many years and for the past few years our sole client solution provider. They have been delivering first class solutions for our fast growing ‘new media’ software products, including developing our desktop (Apple Mac OS X and MS Windows), mobile (iOS) and Server solutions. We respect Coderus’ deep domain and wide cross platform expertise, supporting our firmware and other partners to ensure an integrated and seamless solution.
Bowers & Wilkins
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Coderus is proud to be in a long term partnership with Bowers & Wilkins and assisting with the first-class delivery of premium solutions for their new media software products, including for their wireless speakers and headphones.
In most recent years, the Bowers and Wilkins product range has been extended to include a new media range of wireless music systems utilising Apple’s Airplay connectivity.
Bowers & Wilkins have also been responsible for encouraging major milestones within the music industry ranging from the launch of the Zeppelin speakers to the revolutionary P5, P9 Signature, and PX headphones. With beautifully designed audio products, Bowers & Wilkins know how to combine multi-award-winning goods with high-end technology.

The Coderus Solution

The Coderus team were dedicated to offering a first-class solution that was tailored to the needs of Bowers & Wilkins. We produced a concept app that would allow for testing of various APIs, algorithms and other features of each platform. We then worked to create the consumer application, from concept through to produce release, with a focus on delivering results efficiently, effectively and on time.

We took a unique approach to the creation of a new custom toolset to support the rapid development of Bowers & Wilkins technology-enhanced products. This toolset has now been designed to support a broad range of embedded devices, part of the new media range.

The Tech_

  • We used Objective-C In the development of an algorithm that supports iOS development
  • In the development of Android, we used both the Native Development Kit (NDK) and Java to build and develop the algorithm to allow for quick iteration and maximum impact for the end user
  • We used both manual and automated testing as part of the development process to design, test and deliver applications that can be integrated into speaker firmware according to industry standards
  • On both iOS and Android, we created an abstract layer to allow advanced user control of network configurations

Project Services

Mobile App Development

The Story

We adopted an agile, strategic methodology throughout the product development process with the help of our in-house Developers and Engineers, who worked efficiently to produce a stable interface that would run effectively on both iOS and Android platforms. We made sure that the algorithm output could be continually tested and analysed, to improve user experience and app flow. For instance, we included a variety of settings during the development phase, to allow the Bowers & Wilkins team to change the parameters of the algorithm and app without requiring the need for updates.

We ensured that we communicated regularly with the team at Bowers & Wilkins, so they were aware of every stage of the development lifecycle. We made sure there was a close collaboration between our in-house team, and the team at B&W with regular discussions about the algorithm, its performance and value of the user experience, required to complete the tuning process. The research team was given access to every iteration of the app on both platforms so they could provide feedback to include in the next sprint, which was paramount for the development process.

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The Results

We ensured a smooth, agile project development process, from product initiation, through to product completion and release. By collaborating efficiently and effectively with our clients and making sure we were meeting all their expectations, we were able to deliver desirable end results on time.

As with every client we support here at Coderus, we were able to support the management of the Bowers & Wilkins product development lifecycle, according to both the needs of the client and of the end user.

Apps and bespoke solutions delivered
App downloads and users worldwide
Apps and bespoke solutions delivered

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