Mozilla Labs Introduces Project Pancake
Article by George Norman
On 31 Jan 2012
Mozilla Labs, the place where Mozilla’s developers experiment with all sort of crazy ideas, introduced a new and interesting project that has a mouthwatering name: Pancake. The interesting part about this project is that it aims to expand how we search, browse, navigate, organize and discover interesting content on the web. With that aim in mind, an app will be created; the app will help the people behind the Pancake project better understand what all the users out there do on the web, how they do whatever they do, why they do it, and how it can be made easier and more efficient.

“We’re playing with some huge concepts, monumental problems and occasionally crazy ideas,” commented Director of Pancake, Stuart Parmenter. “We’ll be looking at what tools and systems we can create to put more of the Web at users’ fingertips. We hope to devise new metaphors and new systems that give users greater power and control within the modern Web.”


The abovementioned app is only a small part of the Pancake project. As Stuart Parmenter, explained, the latest and greatest web technologies will be put to good use – to come up with an incredible, portable experience for users. An extensive web service will be created and it will provide users with the amazing functionality of carrying all their data and experiences across many devices. iOS and Android-powered tables and phones are the first of the “many devices” Pancake will focus on. The goal is to eventually support all devices and platforms.

Stuart Parmenter again: “The back-end of Pancake will live in the cloud, where we’re creating an extensive Web service that will allow you to carry your data and experience across many devices. Our initial focus is on iOS and Android tablets and phones, but our long-term goal is to help people live their online lives on their own terms, across all devices and platforms.”

The Pancake project is open-source; anyone can test the project’s ideas, provide feedback, run usability testing, and so on. The first prototype of the Pancake project will be released in the “next few months”, Parmenter explained.

Additional information on the Pancake project is available here.

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