Human.io - simple mobile apps
Been busy relocating to Malmö lately and haven’t really got the time to sit down and tinker with something in a while. Tonight that changed as I had stumbled upon human.io earlier today. Human.io is a simple way for developers to write and deploy small mobile applications, such as surveys.
I’ve been toying with the idea of reducing the need to install apps on your smartphone for quite a while, but haven’t seen any great examples lately. Apps, in my opinion, are a pain in the —-. Ideally the information “should just be there when you need it” (TM). That is easier to say than do though.
Human.io simplifies alot of things. Through an intuitive python API you can hack together a mini-survey in no time. Using for example geo-location information you are able to restrict the survey to people in a specific area. In my case, people in Västra Hamnen. There are however a number of things that can be improved:
- At first arrival on their website it is not entirely obvious what human.io can do. I think this is simple a matter of reorganising and improving the information on their frontpage. Their tutorials and getting started guide are great!
- The developer’s client simulator is stunningly slow (perhaps I’m doing it wrong?)
- There is no way to set your location (other than some pre-defined values) in the simulator
- The caveat is of course that to be able to see a human.io survey you need the human.io client. This will be the biggest obstacle to overcome.
Its great to see movement in this area. I’m looking forward to see what more these guys come up with as human.io progresses.