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img 3279 Ambient Bus Arrival Monitor
Check out John Graham-Cumming’s ambient bus arrival monitor that he built out of a hacked Linksys wireless router that pulls data from London’s Countdown service and lets him know how long he has to wait until the next one.

Underlying this is a simple JSON API that, while not public, seems to be usable by the average programmer as long as I’m not abusive. So with its details deciphered (hardly hard since the web site uses the API) I set about building an ambient bus monitor into a model London bus. The idea is that I can glance at the bus and see the times of up to the next two buses that I’m likely to want to catch and know when to leave the house.

JGC, of course, wrote the amazing Geek Atlas and has been dabbling in all sorts of cool projects.

John Baichtal

My interests include writing, electronics, RPGs, scifi, hackers & hackerspaces, 3D printing, building sets & toys. @johnbaichtal nerdage.net


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