TECH enthusiasts have been invited to explore the first Open Device Lab (ODL) in the West Midlands.
The Longbridge centre is now open for business meaning web designers and developers no longer have to travel outside the region to test how their websites and apps perform on a library of smartphones and tablets, for free.
ODL, on St Modwen’s Longbridge Technology Park, will also be used as a digital enterprise hub to attract organisations keen to be part of the growing community of web businesses.
The centre, part of a global non-profit scheme, has been established by web design agency Ballyhoo.
Alison Chaffey, founder of the Longbridge device lab and Ballyhoo, said until now web developers based in the West Midlands have had to travel to Cheltenham, Sheffield or Manchester to test their devices.
She added: “Feedback from people who attended the launch of Longbridge Device Lab a few weeks ago shows this is a much needed facility and we have already received a stream of visits and enquiries from web designers and developers wanting to trial their products.”