Why don’t we have an app for that?

We have been asked quite a few times whether we are considering doing an app for OpenLabyrinth. The short answer? Not at the moment.

We have focused on ‘responsive design‘ in our OpenLabyrinth interface when cases are being played. This means that the material on the screen scales quite well to the screen size so it is usable on phones, tablets or big screens. For an example of this, check out the

Street Drug Guide

that we developed for AFMC and Norlien. This case has been tuned for mobile use but we would love to have suggestions on how to make it more useful and portable.

So why no app? Well, funding is one thing – if there is a group that is keen to fund this or to take it on, OpenLabyrinth is an open-source application so anybody can have a go at this.

But more importantly, we wonder how much benefit there is to doing this. A simple app would lose all the background power (metrics, tracking, conditional logic) that the OpenLabyrinth server provides. You would still get linked pages but is that enough?

There are a number of sites that do offer app conversion and other reasons for/against doing so e.g. http://www.forbes.com/sites/work-in-progress/2013/09/05/how-to-make-your-website-mobile-friendly-on-a-budget/

If you do have ideas on how mobile can be explored further, we would love to hear from you.