Bus Stop Kiosk

09/2015 - 12/2015

Taking buses to travel between the west, east, and central campuses is an essential part of students’ lives at Duke University. Every day, students rely on the bus arrival times and locations provided in the TransLoc app to either get to places on time or make changes to their schedules. While the TransLoc app is extremely useful, it’s not the most ideal way to get bus information for people waiting at bus stops. For those carrying things in their hands, wearing gloves, or engaged in meaningful conversations or other activities, checking the bus information on their phones could be quite inconvenient. There are also a lot of people, especially campus visitors, who don’t have the TransLoc app installed on their phones.

Wanting to make it more convenient for people to get bus information and make the information available to everyone, I decided to build a WiFi-connected, solar-powered kiosk that shows real-time bus information that can potentially be installed at the Duke Chapel bus stop, the busiest bus stop at Duke. After pitching this idea to Victor Chen and Tze Kang Ng, they both decided to jump on board.

As the team leader, I was responsible for setting the major goals for this project, distributing tasks among team members, and ensuring that we were making progress on a daily basis. As the team member with the most experience in electrical design, I was responsible for creating the proof of concept, the selection and testing of most of the electrical components, and the PCB design.

The video shows my teammate Victor Chen giving an overview of the project while the device is in action. Below are pictures showing the progression of this project from a proof of concept to a temporary installation on Central Campus. All the design files and source code for this project are available here.