Transit Appliance Gets Personal

I’d like to introduce the author of this guest post. Matt Conway from the Bay Area has been my co-developer on the Transit Appliance project and among his significant contributions are the adapters that allow the Appliance to work with transit agencies in the Bay Area. He has now created a version of our display application targeted at the 3.5″ screen of the Chumby One device. – Chris



We are pleased to announce the release of Transit Boardâ„¢ Personal, an application optimized for the small-screen environment of a Chumby One or similar device. These devices are right at home in a variety of settings where even an 8″ display would be overkill, for example next to a cash register in a small coffee shop or on your desk at home or work. The Chumby One is the official target device, but I’ve also had success testing it on an iPhone as well as a standard PC running Linux.

The application only shows one line at a time, switching between lines at a default speed of one line every 3 seconds (user-configurable, of course).

The application isn’t just for small screens, though: it works just fine on larger monitors, as well, and can greatly increase the readability of the transit information. I tested it on a 19″ LCD I have, and I could still read it easily about 20′ away (which is as far away as I could get in my living room). It’s a good option for locations that are served by just a few lines (for example, the Northwest Portland stop shown in the image).

The application is available in the application selection dialog during appliance configuration. Take a look at the install instructions to set the page up on a Chumby or a dedicated PC.

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