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Build Your Own LCD Bus Schedule

michael posted more than 11 years ago | from the mass-transit dept.

Hardware 409

MikeLRoy writes "An engineering student in Winnipeg, tired of missing his bus to school (and waiting in the cold) created an LCD bus stop. It displays the next bus times for several stops and routes, all from the heated comfort of his kitchen. And yes, there are pics and code on the site."

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frist prost (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5267539)

board this bus mofoz....

Re:frist prost (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5267599)

Let's all run to the kitchen

and have our selves a snack!

A tastsy hotdog, a refreshing soda

MMMMMMMMMMMMMM

We'll keep the install going for YOU!

Linux? (-1, Offtopic)

Amsterdam Vallon (639622) | more than 11 years ago | (#5267540)

Why not use LInux in this situation? Its free Software (as in 'hope') and usually works great.

THink before you act. Think different.

Re:Linux? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5267548)

wtf? is this a bot or something?

Re:Linux? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5267564)

It does use Linux, you insensitive clod!

Re:Linux? (0, Offtopic)

miketang16 (585602) | more than 11 years ago | (#5267575)

Seriously... what the heck? Do you read articles or do you just spam?

Re:Linux? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5267582)

CHeck CApitilization BEfore YOu POst

Re:Linux? (-1, Troll)

swtaarrs (640506) | more than 11 years ago | (#5267609)

This mindless promotion of Linux is getting annoying. Despite what you may think, Linux isn't always the best solution for everything. I have both Linux and Windows XP on my computer for just that reason. No one operating system is perfect for every task. Linux may be better than Windows at staying up longer, but Windows is much easier to use for simple everyday tasks. The list of differences goes on forever...

Re:Linux? (1)

Pharmboy (216950) | more than 11 years ago | (#5267684)

This mindless promotion of Linux is getting annoying.
You are obviously a troll, but I figured I would give you a thrill anyway.

Its not mindless promotion of anything. It just so happens that he used Linux, because he had an old computer and it was better suited for the task, especially since he would either have to pay for a copy of windows or be pirating it, all for a bus schedule.

And moderator, feel free to mod the parent down.

mmmk (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5267717)

Just so you know, the original poster posts for exactly this kind of response. We'd all be better off if we just realized that he's a fucktard and ignored him.

Re:mmmk (1)

Pharmboy (216950) | more than 11 years ago | (#5267736)

ust so you know, the original poster posts for exactly this kind of response. We'd all be better off if we just realized that he's a fucktard and ignored him.

after following the full thread, ic what you mean.

I had actually read the article, and figured that he had too. Obviously, this was stupid of me to expect people to actually read the article before commenting. stupid me.

someone mod me down, i deserve it ;->

Re:mmmk (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5267805)

Note that the same ("Linux?") poster posted again three minutes later claiming to work at Microsoft - ie. the opposite troll. Check his posting history.

He still gets modded up much more than down, of course, as does any post on slashdot, on average. The mod system is a joke. The story selection is a joke. The site is increasingly unreachable or broken because of the "live testing" practice.

Amterdam Vallon is the future of slashdot.

Re:mmmk (1)

prodangle (552537) | more than 11 years ago | (#5267844)

Oh yeah - you used fucktard!! I'll assume you read jwz's rant a few weeks ago

FP (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5267541)

first post?

Re:FP (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5267579)

no, bitch i'm sorry but you are not the first fucking poster. too bad. but we do have a runner's up prize, and here it is www.goatse.cx (click for prize)

Re:FP (0, Offtopic)

miketang16 (585602) | more than 11 years ago | (#5267593)

No.

what?? (5, Funny)

xao gypsie (641755) | more than 11 years ago | (#5267542)

why, back in my day, we didnt have all these new fangled computer bus scheduler thingies. we had to work out the algorithm in our heads in the snow uphill going both ways....kids these days......

xao

Re:what?? (4, Funny)

JanusFury (452699) | more than 11 years ago | (#5267588)

And the buses didn't have these newfangled 'stops', either! You had to chase them down on foot, jump onto the back, and climb in through the emergency escape hatch on top!

Re:what?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5267707)

You had emergency escape hatches? In my day we had to claw through the roof with our bare hands to get inside--and we didn't even have SEATS!

Re:what?? (5, Funny)

angst_ridden_hipster (23104) | more than 11 years ago | (#5267750)

Emergency hatches? Why you lucky bastards! Where I grew up, the busses were sealed. If we wanted a ride, we'd have to chase after them, and grab on to a bit of barbed wire tied to the rear bumper, and hold on for dear life as we got dragged to our destination.

Emergency hatches? Feh! No wonder the youth of today are so soft. Why, you probably had all your own limbs all the way up to adulthood! Emergency hatches...

Re:what?? (1)

rmohr02 (208447) | more than 11 years ago | (#5267654)

Didn't you have to fight off dinosaurs as well?

Re:what?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5267768)

Back in my day, I had to walk a half mile to the bus stop every morning. Had the same bus driver for 3 years and after all that time, she still wouldn't let me ride if I forgot my bus pass.

It gets cold in the midwest. Imagine this:

Waking up late. Stepping out of bed into your shoes. Outside running as fast as you can for a half hour, drawing in one choking lungful after another of -10F air. Breath in, breathe out. Lips cracking and bleeding from the cold dry air. After 20 minutes of sprinting, you arrive at the bus stop. Bus is 20 minutes late. Door opens and you bask in the warm vinyl scented air. Bus driver asks "Bus pass?" You fumble with your frozen hands and it's not there! Door slides shut, taking the warm envelope of air with it. You trudge home to face the scorn of your demonic menapausal mother.

Back in my day, things were great.

In SOVIET RUSSIA, LCD's BUILD YOU tsarkon (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5267550)

In Soviet Russia, Bus Schedule LCD build YOU.

Re:In SOVIET RUSSIA, LCD's BUILD YOU tsarkon (-1, Offtopic)

ickyfreak (181280) | more than 11 years ago | (#5267586)

could someone tell me how this all started?

things like "in soviet russia macos carbonises YOU" etc etc

help :)

Re:In SOVIET RUSSIA, LCD's BUILD YOU tsarkon (-1, Offtopic)

d3kk (644538) | more than 11 years ago | (#5267624)

Originated from a russian comedian named Yakov Smirnov who did these kinds of jokes in the early 80's. People have been beating the dead horse for awhile now.

Re:In SOVIET RUSSIA, LCD's BUILD YOU tsarkon (-1, Offtopic)

ickyfreak (181280) | more than 11 years ago | (#5267634)

but why has it popped up on /. in the last couple of months :)

In SOVIET RUSSIA... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5267644)

dead horse BEATS YOU!

Back to the source... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5267658)

http://www.yakov.com/default.html

Great idea... (4, Funny)

Cutriss (262920) | more than 11 years ago | (#5267553)

I hope he doesn't have class tonight, or else his clock is going to be running a bit slow, thanks to the Slashdotting... :)

uhm (1)

SweetAndSourJesus (555410) | more than 11 years ago | (#5267729)

It's Sunday in the North America.

Hrm. (5, Funny)

d3kk (644538) | more than 11 years ago | (#5267559)

What I'd like to know is why an engineering student is still worried about missing a bus to school..

Re:Hrm. (1)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 11 years ago | (#5267668)

I'd like to know why an engineering student expects the buses to be running within spec.

incorrect perl script link on his site (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5267560)

should be:

http://members.shaw.ca/rosensto/bus/bus.pl [members.shaw.ca]

Buses? (-1, Troll)

Amsterdam Vallon (639622) | more than 11 years ago | (#5267562)

Sorry but i'd rather stay on my own software testing track and have enough $ to buy my own car.

Sure i work for MSFT but at least i can afford to drive a car, take girls out to eat, and go to the casinoes.

Don't mean to be discrimenatorie but it's just how i feel. I'd rather spend time working towards a nice professional job that my kid will look up to than being a grad student (TA) my hole life.

Re:Buses? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5267603)

What are you going on about? This guy is a first year engineering student, and to me, he built a pretty cool device. I don't know where you are getting your grad student (TA) thing from, but it seems rather off topic since it doesn't apply to this guy. Also, I don't know many students that can afford a new car unless their parents have bought them one. Rather than ripping at the guy for not having a car, you should congratulate him on a job well done.

Re:Buses? (5, Insightful)

smithmc (451373) | more than 11 years ago | (#5267620)


Waddaya mean, "be a grad student my hole life"? He's an undergraduate freshman. And if you want to skip school and jump into the job market as a tester, that's all fine and good, but if you did it for the money (as your post indicates) it wasn't such a good move. Ten years from now, this guy's probably going to be making at least twice your salary.

Re:Buses? (1)

Bigbutt (65939) | more than 11 years ago | (#5267790)

With the way inflation is, I wouldn't be surprised.

[John]

Re:Buses? (4, Funny)

IanBevan (213109) | more than 11 years ago | (#5267631)

Sorry but i'd rather stay on my own software testing track and have enough $ to buy my own car.
Sure i work for MSFT but at least i can afford to drive a car, take girls out to eat, and go to the casinoes.
Don't mean to be discrimenatorie but it's just how i feel. I'd rather spend time working towards a nice professional job that my kid will look up to than being a grad student (TA) my hole life.


Uh-huh. I can see it now...
"Geeez dad, please don't wear that Microsoft shirt when you pick me up from school. And I think I'll find somebody literate to help with my spelling...."

Re:Buses? (1)

IKEA-Boy (223916) | more than 11 years ago | (#5267650)

Sure i work for MSFT but at least i can afford to drive a car, take girls out to eat, and go to the casinoes.

So I guess that's what it's all about then...

I love your "accidental" misspelling of whole (0, Funny)

BlackTriangle (581416) | more than 11 years ago | (#5267694)

Slick.

Maybe.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5267566)

...he can build enough of these to buy a car.

Eeek. Look at the klenex box. (4, Funny)

rainer_d (115765) | more than 11 years ago | (#5267568)

I'm sure he needs more time to look at pr0n, so that's why he actually built the LCD.

Re:Eeek. Look at the klenex box. (2, Funny)

xombo (628858) | more than 11 years ago | (#5267670)

When I saw that, I knew that somebody would have already commented on that. This is kinda old news, I 've heard of similar things in the past, no links though. That LCD pr0n makes me think of when people made fun of me because I did alot of cool stuff on my TI-85 and saying I was looking at calculator porn :-P

Re:Eeek. Look at the klenex box. (2, Informative)

Hanji (626246) | more than 11 years ago | (#5267806)

people made fun of me because I did alot of cool stuff on my TI-85 and saying I was looking at calculator porn
lol - Exact same story here, 'cept it's an 86 in my case...
Why is that everyone always assumes everything is porn?
... Aside from the fact that it usually is, of course.

This idiot didn't realize there is a bus schedule? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5267569)

What happened to either 1) looking the routes online, or 2) grabbing the routes from the library? Was this guy just going out to bus stops at random, hoping he got there at the right time? What was so hard about viewing the paper schedule?

And how is he gonna use this thing he made when he's AWAY from home? Come home?

Re:This idiot didn't realize there is a bus schedu (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5267589)

LOL! mod parent up!

Obligatory Why!?!? (1)

Cyno01 (573917) | more than 11 years ago | (#5267570)

Can't this guy read a bus schedule?

Re:Obligatory Why!?!? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5267604)

Read the original post, "Engineer".
An engineer's response to "Why?" should be "Because we can...".

I wish I had thought of that... (3, Funny)

ajuda (124386) | more than 11 years ago | (#5267571)

And to think I would have just written down the schedule on a piece of paper (total cost < 1 cent)

Re:I wish I had thought of that... (4, Informative)

shird (566377) | more than 11 years ago | (#5267814)

I'm assuming the schedules are automatically updated based on how far behind or ahead on schedule the buses are. In aus at least, the buses have little transmitters or whatever which are picked up by recievers in the road, and the LED displays at major bus stops are updated with this information. I'm guessing the web page he is pulling this info from is also updated dynamically like this.

Interesting idea (4, Interesting)

mikeage (119105) | more than 11 years ago | (#5267577)

I have to say... this is one of the more clever "Remote Screen" hacks I've seen. Unlike digitized foosball tables or automatic drink mixing machine, it doesn't require any large investments in hardware, just a simple text LCD. And it actually looks kinda useful. Unfortunetly, NJTransit only makes schedules available in PDF, but... it's a cute idea.

On another note, my school (Rutgers) has a site called www.whereismybus.com (appears to be down at the moment), which uses a java applet to track buses in real-time. Only problem-- none of the bus terminals are within range of access points, and it takes a year to load (major java-bloat, methinks), but an interesting idea nonetheless.

Re:Interesting idea (1)

tenyaku (210582) | more than 11 years ago | (#5267629)

Unfortunetly, NJTransit only makes schedules available in PDF, but... it's a cute idea.

Adobe has a script for converting PDF to HTML, which would also prove useful maybe for train schedules around where I live:

http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/access_simpl e_form.html [adobe.com]

Google also has a similar function with its cached PDFs.

Re:Interesting idea (1)

tzanger (1575) | more than 11 years ago | (#5267688)

Not to mention that pdf2ps or something and some perl could easily extract it.

with the money and time (-1, Troll)

zephc (225327) | more than 11 years ago | (#5267580)

that he put into the LCD and everything else in the project, he could have worked and bought a car. Sure, there's the geeky challenge of it all, but just as you don't win friends with salad, you don't get chicks by riding the bus.

Re:with the money and time (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5267690)

that he put into the LCD and everything else in the project, he could have worked and bought a car. Sure, there's the geeky challenge of it all, but just as you don't win friends with salad, you don't get chicks by riding the bus.

quite, possibly, like my self, he has a car but chooses to take the bus becasue:

  • buses are more environmently friendly
  • buses don't need to park
  • buses cost less to ride
  • ect

sure i don't get chicks while riding the bus, but who wants a chick that is that shallow?

remember, one person can't fix the world alone, but one can ruin it for all

why is he on the bus? (0, Troll)

jptxs (95600) | more than 11 years ago | (#5267591)

If he can afford LCD components and othre tech-weenie toys why not just buy a car? sheesh.

car... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5267594)

Buy a fucking car you communist hippie!

Sing a happy tune.... (4, Funny)

Ab0rtRetryFail (549588) | more than 11 years ago | (#5267596)

[Singing loudly]
EVERY MORNING I WOULD SEE HER WAITING AT THE STOP!

Sometimes she'd shop and she would show me what she bought!
[/Singing loudly]

AHEM. Sorry... got carried away there. :)

Re:Sing a happy tune.... (1)

Gordonjcp (186804) | more than 11 years ago | (#5267642)

Everybody stared as if we were both quite insane,

One day my name and hers are going to be the same...

Re:Sing a happy tune.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5267735)

Good point. This twit will never have to wait at the stop, so will never share brollies with a cute woman, so will never breed. Thus the "annoying geek" factor is bred out of the human gene pool in short order.

All of you are a blip on the radar. Be seeing you...

Cold at School? (2, Funny)

ThatGuyAZ (124658) | more than 11 years ago | (#5267605)

Transfer [asu.edu] . Or better yet, just hang out nearby [azcentral.com] .

Re:Cold at School? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5267639)

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Dean of ASU.

Re:Cold at School? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5267832)

There's worse ideas. Plus you get Healthy Saigon, Gentle Strength, and a bunch of other yummy good food.

An AC who doesn't live in Tempe any more...

Re:Cold at School? (1)

McCrapDeluxe (626840) | more than 11 years ago | (#5267680)

from the site [asu.edu]
That's certainly one caring looking devil.

In case slashdotted: (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5267606)

http://saintaardvarkthecarpeted.com/bus [saintaardv...rpeted.com]

He didn't appear to have the script on his site, though.

In Soviet Russia... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5267614)

ALL topics of discussion were trivial and uninteresting! And this was because they were invariably hand-chosen by autocratic, petty people with difficult-to-pronounce names! Dissenters who pointed out the weaknesses in the system were slapped down and rarely heard from again!

After a while, we WELCOMED THE DUPES!!! OH, THE HUMANITY!!!

It's true! It was that bad!

Fortunately the system was eventually destroyed!

definetily an engineer (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5267622)

"my perl coding abalilities are far from perfect, so..."

Just yur purl coeding abalilities?

Hmm. (1)

Stormie (708) | more than 11 years ago | (#5267623)

Nice idea, but since, as we all know, bus timetables are a major work of fiction, I'm unsure how much waiting in the snow this is actually going to save him. :-)

Did anyone stop to think of the children? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5267625)

What about lost profits to clothing manufacturers, middlemen, and retailers, not to mention lost sales taxes to the government? Does he really want to destroy this huge sector of the economy? As long as people standing outside in the cold puts food in the mouths of children, I will fight to prohibit any new technology that keeps people indoors.

Your PM,
Jean Chretien

usefulness? (1)

jeffy124 (453342) | more than 11 years ago | (#5267627)

I dunno. Around my parts, the only time a bus is on schedule is when they leave the depot. They easily get ahead of or fall behind schedule due to traffic conditions and how many people want to get on/off at different stops. Not to mention how many old ladies need the bus to "kneel" for them so they can reach the step.

something tells me he's still gonna end up being in the cold for a few minutes.

Re:usefulness? (3, Funny)

mark-t (151149) | more than 11 years ago | (#5267829)

Maybe things are different in the USA. I've lived in three Canadian cities so far, and I find that busses are usually very good at being almost exactly on schedule at the route's "timed" points. If the stop you are interested in is between two timed points, then you always make sure to be there by the earlier timed stop's time, but don't expect to leave any sooner than the next timed stop's time. Timed stops aren't too far apart, so you almost never end up waiting too long unless there was some sort of abnormal condition. I've never seen a bus leave a timed stop early, and the sure fire way to get a late bus to come is to light up a cigarette.

ROB MALDA IS A FILTHY SELLOUT (-1)

Trolling Thunder (639121) | more than 11 years ago | (#5267632)

Just check the "compare prices" link in the related box. I remember when slashdot was all underground and shit, but now it's just about the bling.

Amazingly (5, Informative)

rcs1000 (462363) | more than 11 years ago | (#5267635)

In England we have a lot of this technology already.

(Amazingly, too, English people seem convinced their country is heading backwards at full speed towards the ice age, but that's another story.)

In central London all the bus stops contain LED displays showihng how long you'll have to wait for each bus. Likewise, on the tube (underground, subway) their are simialr displays. Normally they say things like "Baker Street 3minutes; Chancery Lane you'll be lucky" but hey...

There are companies like Kizoom (sp?) that offer these same services over WAP so you can make sure that when you leave your home/office then you *will* make your bus, metro, etc.

Re:Amazingly (2, Funny)

Threni (635302) | more than 11 years ago | (#5267751)

"In central London all the bus stops contain LED displays showihng how long you'll have to wait for each bus"

No; in central london all the bus stops have a number next to each destination/bus, but they aren't minutes - they are just numbers which slowly count down, and disappear as the bus turns up. IE "camden town 6mins" doesn't mean the bus to Camden Town will be 6 mins, it just means that between now and the bus turning up, you`ll see:
camden town 6 mins
camden town 5 mins
camden town 4 mins
camden town 3 mins
camden town 2 mins
camden town 1 min

By my reckoning, each minute is actually 1 min 40 seconds.

Re:Amazingly (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5267755)

Here in Toronto every bus and streetcar stop used to have its own phone number. You'd call up and a voice would say, "The next bus will arrive in...eleven...minutes." They discontinued the service in 1999 citing Y2K problems.

I don't need this (0)

Khalidz0r (607171) | more than 11 years ago | (#5267641)

Heh, I'm glad I don't need this because first we don't use busses here, and second even if I needed it I can write a simple program without all this electrical stuff, as I'd rarely be away from my pc anyway, an alert ding would be quite enough!

how it works in London (5, Interesting)

fiddlesticks (457600) | more than 11 years ago | (#5267645)

Less homebrewed than this cool hack, London Transport (LRT) has been operating a system of displaying (estimated) wait times for certian routes for a good few years

Some observations:
  1. When I lived above a London bus stop, I could lean out the window and see when the next bus was due :)
  2. This was great, but *useless* if it relied on scheduled times
  3. LRT soon installed receiver/ transmitters into its buses, reporting a far more accurate ETA, as they could report bad delays in real(ish) time
  4. sometimes I noticed humans on the end of the LCDs - eg once it reported 'awful traffic...no idea of arrival' :)


  5. Plans are afoot for the following: audio repeater, large Countdown signs at bus stations, hand-held Countdown terminals for operations staff and a central real-time travel information desk

    Loads of info [ertico.com]

    Nice image - Nice image [ferrograph.com]

    blurb [ferrograph.com]

Pfft... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5267647)

Anyone could do that...
[/troll]

I did something similar except as a loadable kernel module. This stuff is actually really cool. And everyone should read Rubini and Corbet [xml.com] . It's free, so why the hell not?

Watching a slashdotting in progress (1)

Seek_1 (639070) | more than 11 years ago | (#5267655)

... hehe... just watching the counter jumping in fits of 10s and 20s per second is amusing me for some reason... :)

what's the point excatly? (1)

styxlord (9897) | more than 11 years ago | (#5267657)

How is this better than just putting the bus time table into a palm held computer which could sync just as frequently? The Brisbane City Council Bus Service [qld.gov.au] trialed electronic signs at bus stops over five years ago. They were very cool because not only did they tell you when the next bus was meant to arrive for each route it also told you if the bus was running late. Not sure what the status is nowadays but I'm guessing they were too expensive to put on every bus stop.

Nice, a page counter (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5267695)

It was at 560 when i started reading, now its at 3200.

Why he needs it.. (4, Informative)

hopbine (618442) | more than 11 years ago | (#5267699)

A lot of replies are why does he need this not a written bus schedule. Well snow and winter tend to disrupt thing up here. The bus does not always run to the exact minute that they obviously do in New York Or London. At times in Ottawa (and Winnipeg) they may be as much as 5 minutes late. With the weather we have that's a hell of long time

Re:Why he needs it.. (2, Informative)

passion (84900) | more than 11 years ago | (#5267756)

Exactly, and sometimes busses come a little early. So when you get out to the stop, maybe you're on time, maybe you're not. Maybe there are people there, and perhaps there aren't.

If you're the only one, do you guess and wait for the bus - (you could be out there a long time, freezing your butt off) or do you go back in? There is definitely a great application for this, but it requires GPS (if it's not on a centralized system, like a subway).

These guys are working on a bus-tracking GPS project. [umich.edu]

tri-met (oregon) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5267700)

has their schedules online, in portable format (palm and pocketpc), in the bus malls has it on monitors in the bus stops, and a very nice addition on their web page, a list of stops and how far out the busses are for the stops for each bus listed.

this is archaic in comparison.

Something simple (0)

Guillaume Ross (517391) | more than 11 years ago | (#5267719)

I just want an RF emitter on the bus, and a receiver at the stop, that changes a light to red if the bus has already passed, so I Don't wait 1 hour like the idiot I am !

on the bus (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5267772)

How about a GPS phone taped to the underside of seat 12, with a scrolling banner at the bottom edge of the tv in the bathroom, and an instant message to your phone and email?

Step #1 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5267722)

Acquire a paper bus schedule.

2) Memorize paper bus schedule.

3) TrRansfer memorized bus schedule into device

4) Put device in attic since riding the bus sucks.

Contradictory disclaimer? (1)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 11 years ago | (#5267725)

I am not an electrician! Dont do this unless you know what you're doing!

Hmm. I don't really have spare phone lines, but I do run thin ethernet to the burglar alarm (Linux) PC in the front hall. Maybe I'll whip up one for that. Most of the time the 25 Don Mills is often enough that it doesn't matter, but the 25D to Markham doesn't run as often, and only during rush times. And there's a trade off with the 100.

Hmm. What I really need is an estimated trip time to x, and the text-to-speech card nagging me with a "You're going to be late!" alarm.

Bus Destination Sign (1)

FozzTexx (186554) | more than 11 years ago | (#5267733)

What I want to know is where I can get one of those large electronic destination signs that they have on the bus. Cheap of course. :-)

Winnipeg (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5267748)

Wow, I thought i was the only nerd in the forsaken town that reads slashdot. I'm accualy tempted to recreate this thing, seeing 50% of the busses are always late going to the U of M.

My local bus stop. (1)

Openadvocate (573093) | more than 11 years ago | (#5267752)

My local bus stop, where I wait for the bus every morning also has a large LCD screen. On the screen you can see arrival times for every bus tha comes to that stop. Also on the sign, is a small antenna which communicates with the bus. Only only for figuring out where the bus are so it can calulate the time and delays, but also for controls for the traffic lights so the bus will encounter less red lights.

Why lynx -source? (2, Insightful)

Mr. Sketch (111112) | more than 11 years ago | (#5267761)

If he's using perl couldn't he just as easily use the LWP::UserAgent module (part of libwww-perl [cpan.org] )?

use LWP::UserAgent;

my $ua = LWP::UserAgent->new;
my $source = $ua->get("http://slashdot.org")->content;

Unneccesary Links (1)

EverStoned (620906) | more than 11 years ago | (#5267780)

Its a nice article, but is the link to Winnipeg Transit [winnipegtransit.com] really necessary?

Buses need to have GPS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5267787)

buses need to broacast there coordinates every 30 seconds or so. That way you know exactly where the bus is and dont need to stand outside in the snow or rain.

I thought of this idea a few years ago and then a couple years back I found out that a company was implementing this: http://www.herecomesthebus.com

I sure hope they dont have a patent on it cause that would suck like hell (especially considering that the idea is not unique/difficult). A means of determining bus location other than GPS coordinate broadcasting would be probably be needed if these guys have a patent on it somehow.

Bus type (2, Funny)

NortWind (575520) | more than 11 years ago | (#5267789)

So was this LCD display for a serial bus, or parellel?

Good thing. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5267797)

I mean, what would the guy do with a piece of paper? Good thing he's an 'engineer' too, those useless trivial projects have to get done somehow.

Jesus Christ. What the hell is the use of this shite? What the HELL is wrong with paper?

DON'T GIVE ME THE ENVIRONMENTAL SHIT. If you do, it's clear you don't understand squat about how electronics shit is made. Fuck. God damn.

Next thing, we'll have this tripe on the Shuttle to study the effects of free fall on useless LCD screens. Fucken god damn.

My garbage man is 15,000 times more useful to society than an engineer who does crap like this.

Interesting Thing (1)

AndrewM1 (648443) | more than 11 years ago | (#5267800)

I find it very interesting that this guy accually created this thing. And, I Never knew that phone cables had four minicables. [members.shaw.ca] What I want to know is 1:Why did he create this thing as an attachment for LCDproc [lcdproc.org] . Why not standalone? (unless he didn't know how too, In wich case I understand). and 2: Why only for Linux/BSD? Oh yeah. LCDproc only works on Linux and BSD. But why not write a windows version? But why not write a windows version? Anyways, good job to him.

Scrapping the winnipeg bus systems site. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5267802)

Yeah, Wait until he gets the cease and desist letter for scrapping the site. It's all fun until someone gets hurt.

If you think that's cool... (3, Funny)

dotgod (567913) | more than 11 years ago | (#5267821)

A lot of bus companies nowadays have their schedule avaliable in this newfangled fomat called a paper brochure. Not only does it work anywhere, but you don't even need electricity. Additionally, these marvelous contraptions have a more verbose version of the scedule then the LCD bus schedule display.

Dynamic bus tracking in Seattle (1)

imnoteddy (568836) | more than 11 years ago | (#5267827)

In Seattle the bus system has real time tracking of busses at various points on their routes.

The bus hub upstream from my house is here [washington.edu] .

It tells whether a bus is on time, late, or already departed, refreshing once per minute.

This lets me read one more /. posting before heading to the bus stop.

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