Showerbuddy was started in 2004 and has since become a global community made up of a team, OTs, PTs, carers, distributors, medical authorities and of course, all end users. Their main business provides shower chairs for bathroom mobility without the need for a remodel for people who struggle with access.
BathCheck first started life in January of 2021 as a rudimentary proof of concept for users to proceed through a list of instructions, providing specific measurements of the bathroom and be recommended one of Showerbuddy’s chairs.
The following new features have been added as part of Dark Ice’s redevelopment:
- Showerbuddy accessories can be automatically added to the solution
- Local saving of data for future reference
- Catalogue of products with videos
- Recommendations and guidance while working through the wizard
Once the list of instructions is proceeded through, the user will be shown the recommended solution, and have the ability to add additional accessories and send a message directly to a supplier.
“Showerbuddy assists users with limited or no mobility to access their home bathroom. Will the shower chair fit the room, and if so, what adaptation might be needed – this is all now calculated by the Dark Ice app. The app build included numerous computations of complexity in both the clients particular room and configuration and the product selection.” – Barry Redican, CEO, BathCheck International.
Showerbuddy’s bathroom solutions are able to work in virtually any bathroom with some extra steps or accessories. The original app proof of concept was successful, however after doing some research and taking on board user feedback, there was more that could be achieved to help users.
Dark Ice started by creating a new modern design in collaboration with our design partners Martian Design & Web. The mobile app was the first to receive updates as it was the preferred platform by users. However, this was soon to be followed with a web application that has with similar design and features.
To keep all of the formulas synchronized between three platforms, and to keep costs down, Dark Ice suggested to use a custom solution they have been using. This takes advantage of a single codebase for all business logic with the user interfaces. To accomplish this the majority of things are handled by Microsoft Xamarin.Forms (soon to be MAUI) for mobile, and Microsoft Blazor for the web. This has provided a consistent experience for users no matter what platform or device they’re on. It also means the updates can be centralised across all platforms making any changes faster, simpler and cheaper.
BathCheck has been a huge success since the release of Dark Ice’s version, winning the award of ASTA Australian Innovation of the year 2022. BathCheck has managed to maintain a large audience for a niche product and continues to grow everyday. The graph below illustrates the rate of growth of installed audience on Google Play prior to Dark Ice release, in comparison to the new version separated by a red line. The growth also shows that international success is increasing due to the advancements made by this product. Dark Ice continue to support and enhance BathCheck to this day for greater success in the future and look forward to doing more amazing things in this space.