Morfik has already drummed up some passionate users for their technology (one emailed me separately with a glowing report) - and they are looking for more. Fuad told me that want to attract more developers to help them build out the Chess program (the source code is open), "to see how far browser based applications can be taken in the area of raw computing."
Although the chess program is very slick, I didn't at first grok the depths of the technology - so I asked Fuad to explain more. He firstly told me that Morfik has many Rich Internet App (RIA) attributes:
"If you look at Morfik you will see a Rich Internet Application which looks and feels like a website. It does many of things which AJAX developers have been dreaming about; however there is an aspect which is ground-breaking, in the area of page-layout. Simply put Morfik resolves the paradox of fixed vs. liquid layout. This means you could have forms within forms within forms and dynamically manipulate them at run time. This is something which is not attempted in win32 or other RIA such as Flash. Our website already demonstrates some aspects of this."
He then gave me more info on the 'browser as computing platform' angle:
Morfik is currently developing specific applications of this type of advanced browser technology for commercial clients. But over the next few months they will also continue to build other 'concept' applications, to demonstrate more aspects of what a browser can do if pushed. All of the concept apps will be open source.
Morfik looks to me to be an exciting new browser-based technology and platform. The concept code is open source, which Morfik hopes will attract developers. I'll certainly be exploring more about it in future posts, but for now go and check it out yourself - and let me know whether you think it succeeds in extending the boundaries of what a browser can do.