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Bus Stop DC Screenshot
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Bus Stop DC Screenshot
Bus Stop DC Screenshot
Bus Stop DC Screenshot
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1 month

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Challenge

Some of us in the DC office are frequent users of the Metrobus system, but we couldn't find a public transit app that suited our needs.

Solution

We created an app for iOS called Bus Stop DC that directly sources WMATA (Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority) feeds to let users find bus stops closest to them, receive bus arrival predictions, and receive real-time schedule updates. When the Apple Watch came out, we seized the opportunity to get some watchOS development experience while also using the wearable paradigm to make the user experience better. The Apple Watch app includes a “glance” view that shows users the arrival time of the next bus at the nearest stop.

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Results

We gained a sense of how real-time feeds from a mass transit system can be of value and we're learning how to interact with the Apple Watch and other wearables. Also, we earned the trust of a few hundred bus riders and got a nice nod from The Washington Post in its reviews of commuter apps.

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3D Printed Tools + Proof-of-Concepts

We use our Flashforge Creator Pro 3D printer to produce a broad range of prototypes and tools that help us in our experiments with emerging technologies.

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Office IoT

We're developing functionalities for our offices with the Amazon Web Service Internet of Things Button.

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