May 22, 2014

Monitor public transport departures with Raspberry Pi

Now to balance the last project described in our blog, we bring you a public transport notifier solution based on the Raspberry Pi. Created by Pavel Shved, it uses a large dot-matrix display for output and can emulate similar displays provided by the San Francisco Muni for extra effect. Pavel's version displays the upcoming departure times for two selected stops, and can also display weather or any other information if required. 

The Raspberry Pi uses perl and Ruby to interrogate the public data feed from SF Muni, and then controls the display via its USB interface. Furthermore another enthusiast has modified the idea to run with python. An example of the original can be seen in the following video:

Another great application for the Raspberry Pi, and complete details can be found in Pavel's website. And for more, we're on facebookGoogle+, and twitter - so follow us for news and product updates as well.

If you're looking for a more permanent way to mount circuitry to your Raspberry Pi, check out our new PiBreak - the prototyping board for the Raspberry Pi. It provides labelled breakout pins for all GPIOs, a large prototyping area with solder pads, and power rails for easy power connection:

Furthermore the PiBreak also includes mounting hardware to firmly attach it to your Raspberry Pi using a nut, bolt, and spacer - and is compatible with all revisions of both model A and B Raspberry Pi computers. For more information about our new PiBreak board, our Getting Started guide, and to order - visit the product page

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