Open Device Labs are a shared community resource for testing apps and websites on a variety of phones, tablets and other devices. Instead of only testing on the few devices we personally own, or shelling out for a slightly larger set of test devices, we can build a comprehensive set of devices to share.
Seattle's first ODL is open! There is a new coworking site for developers in Fremont called DevLocal. They have graciously offered to host the DevLocal Open Device Lab, which is a round-the-clock perk for their members and available by appointment to the public. you'd like to make an appointment, please email me at email@example.com. Depending on demand we'll build out a more sophisticated scheduling service later.
The lab currently has 22 devices to test with - 9 tablets and 13 phones, running Android, iOS, Windows, FirefoxOS and Tizen. If you have a dusty device you're willing to donate or lend, please get in touch
I'm planning on holding monthly meetups on testing topics at the DevLocal space. The March event will be on Wednesday the 19th from 6-8PM. Noah Collins will talk us through using Grunt + LiveReload to automate testing. Sign up if you'd like to come talk about device testing!
There is also a separate initiative to start an Open Device Lab at a downtown location. You can see what they are up to at ODLSeattle.org
If you have input, please add to this thread I have started on the device-lab group, ping me at @alanstearns on Twitter, or email me.