and one other variation: it could be used to let people know when there's an audible signal available by putting it right on the same pole as the button, thus also serving to help people locate the button. -----Original Message----- From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Chip Orange Sent: Wednesday, November 04, 2009 2:22 PM To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [tabi] an idea for Nova 2010 Hi all, I know this hasn't been discussed all that much, but one of the potential problems I see with nova 2010 is that a lot, if not all, of the bus stops will be relocating. It seems likely that those who have memorized the locations of the current stops will have some difficulty in locating the new stops from just a text description. so, the idea I'd like to hear comment on, is how about use of the devices that I just posted a press release for, the SoundPost? it looks to me if StarMetro, or someone, would purchase and install the base stations at the bus stops, and someone would buy and distribute for a nominal price the handheld units, these would do nicely for helping people locate the stop. the site isn't entirely clear on how they work, so I called the developer, and we spoke for a few minutes. the base stations emit an I/R beam, and the hand helds vibrate or beep when you come within range. you can then begin to move the handheld in a circle, aiming it at different directions, and you'll get a strong indication as to which direction the beam is coming from, plus a spoken identification of the type of installation the unit is placed at (it's any of 185 different, predefined, types such as "bus stop", "women's restroom", "government building", etc.). they have a range of about 30 meters, or 90 feet. so, does anyone else think these things would be helpful for this project, and should we take this idea to StarMetro? thanks. Chip ------------------------------ Chip Orange Database Administrator Florida Public Service Commission Chip.Orange@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (850) 413-6314 (Any opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the Florida Public Service Commission.) Check out the TABI resource web page at http://acorange.home.comcast.net/TABI and please make suggestions for new material. if you'd like to unsubscribe you can do so through the freelists.org web interface, or by sending an email to the address tabi-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word "unsubscribe" in the subject.