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The World’s First “Transit Appliance”

8:30 AM PDT on October 22, 2010

This is just too cool.  At Rail-volution, Chris Smith from Portland Transport debuted what he is calling the world's first "Transit Appliance". It can deliver real-time transit arrival estimates to a display in your home, coffee shop, library or, well, anywhere frequented by transit users.

Drawing upon a number of a variety of Open Source software components (including Linux), the Open Hardware "Chumby" platform, and public open data from Portland's TriMet & NextBus, a successfully hacked device can bring a little ease of mind to customers of restaurants or delis.  Just another way to lead a more efficient life!

Chris says that the appliance can be delivered for less than $200 anywhere a  WiFi connection is available.  For more info contact him directly at chris [at] portlandtransport [dot] com.

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