Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT’s) SENSEable City Lab, in collaboration with Florence, Italy, have developed EyeStop, an interactive, solar-powered bus stop waiting area that enables commuters to browse the Web, create bus routes, and determine the exact location of approaching buses. The EyeStop touchscreen can be used to indicate a desired destination, with the system highlighting the shortest route. When a bus approaches, the EyeStop shelter glows increasingly bright. For bus users, EyeStop could work with location-based services that are increasingly available on smartphones and mobile devices. “Since the Renaissance, there has been an interplay between the physical form of the city and its citizenship,” says MIT’s Carlo Ratti, who leads the SENSEable City effort. “Today’s technologies are adding new possibilities to that age-long relationship, thanks to the addition of digital information to physical space.” EyeStop also can act as an environmental sensing node to gather information on air quality and other environmental factors.
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