We used to say „a sound mind in a sound body”, but even if sport is accessible for everybody it is not so easy to apply it in everyday routine. According to the data from the World Health Organisation obesity rates of 2016, results that there is a serious problem. In Saudi Arabia 36% of adults suffer from obesity, and that Anis Nasr from Dubai definitely could not stand. Working in financial services he had noticed that his coworkers had such a lot of duties with their families that it was impossible for them to find time for physical activities. This fact inspired Anis Nasr to create Amino using the most powerful and common medium – the internet.
Our fruitful cooperation with Amino started more than two years ago, when one day, directly from Dubai, our client contacted us with a brilliant and innovative idea: to enable direct contact between personal trainers and customers that want to get in shape. Our task was to bring this idea to life through a mobile app!
Imagine that you are sitting on your couch, lazily watching tv documentary on the fastest people in the world featuring Usain Bolt, and suddenly you decide to become one of them. All you have to do, is to reach for your mobile phone, launch your Amino app, choose a trainer, and soon at the doorstep of your house there he is, ready to make you sweat. Yes, even if at home there is only a couch and a fridge!
Our objective was to select solutions for an effective development of the iOS mobile app. Later on also the one for Android. During the so-called Product Day we sat down with our client and discussed their vision of the project. After that we were ready to outline and schedule the creation of the final product. Our main goal was to choose the right technologies and architecture in order to improve the usability of the platform as much as possible for both, our client and the end user. Another challenge was to manage, in a seamless way, the integration between our solution and the payment systems operating in Dubai. All these goals had to be fulfilled dealing with the complexity of the application and maintaining its aesthetical integrity and attractiveness.
To develop the back-end and the administration panel of the application we chose the Ruby on Rails framework due to its numerous advantages for example simplicity of the code that, fastening the programing, allows our developers to focus on another aspect of the project. To create the iOS app we chose the Swift language, meanwhile the Android we proceeded with Kotlin. It is worth to mention that our highly skilled developers overcome some obstacles; the biggest was the connection and integration with the payment systems operating in Dubai.
Our UX/IU designer took care of the emotional and visual design, choosing black as dominating color to symbolize power and elegance as well as high quality; and orange as an accent color to emphasize the positive energy and determination. These two colors together we found to be a perfect match for a fitness-related application.
Here we are! Despite the distance between us, the whole communication process with the client went so smooth, that after the delivery of the iOS app we had been asked to continue the collaboration. So consequently, we designed and implemented the Android version of the app. Now everyone, no matter if iOS or Android user, can easily book his personal trainer. No excuses.
However, our relationship with Amino had not finished there. Our team also worked on recent improvements. We modified and simplified some structural and aesthetic details to make the app even easier to use than before. We also simplified the booking process and the payment systems management. The app added the Fitness Consultation service thanks to which the customer may discuss their training plan with a qualified personal trainer. Despite some unexpected difficulties, we kept the deadlines and released the two apps within the scheduled time! Now you can work out wherever you are. The trainer structures your workout according to the location and your physical abilities: lunch break in a skyscraper, family picnic outdoors or directly in the gym you attend. No excuses, your trainer will find you wherever you go!