In 2014, Williams Forrest began a multi-year partnership with Steinway & Sons. The impetus was the introduction of Spirio, a highly-advanced reimagining of the player piano. The proprietary software used to capture performances by some of the world’s best artists allows their emotionally-charged renditions to be experienced in living rooms, and not just concert halls. Williams Forrest was engaged to design, develop, and maintain the app used to control this exceptional piano.

Three floating screens showcasing different views of the Spirio App. From back to front, the Menu Navigation, an Album Selection screen and a Jazz playlist.

Fig1. - Multiple screens from the Spirio App

Steinway & Sons Spirio represents the ultimate marriage of technology and luxury branding, a space that Williams Forrest operates in regularly. The end result is an app that, when displayed on the iPad above the piano, looks like it belongs there. This is not your average remote.

Results

  • Delivered a pixel-perfect iPad app, currently available in English, German, and Chinese
  • Managed technical bugs and upgrades in a rapidly iterative manner, staying true to agile methodology
  • Provided strategy and architecture services to guarantee secure content is not compromised
  • Developed test suites and infrastructure to perform quality assurance testing in the absence of a physical Spirio piano
  • Latest releases included synchronized video playback, as well as compatibility with AirPlay and Apple TV