Mar 16 Designing with compassion
About 40 years ago, when I spend all my days in the Chemistry laboratory and taking philosophy courses trying to find rhyme and reasons about life, I’d head back home to my apartment at sundown. The bus was my method of commuting, and I’d walk about 9 minutes to the bus stop on Massachusetts Ave. The service was erratic, and the wait was tolerable except when bad weather in winter would bring a ton of snow and freezing temperatures. Add that my young stuburnheadedness about not wearing for the weather left me knee-deep in the snow with no booths or warm jacket. On such occasions, the bus would run late or skip service altogether. Needless to say, waiting for over an hour in these circumstances really gets your concept of life a good shake. Dependency becomes apparent, and music like Barbara Streisand, people who need people, chimes in. Years later, with a Masters Degree in Physical Chemistry and years of experience in database and computer system applications, office administration, and independent children, I understand the strength of a product that can communicate the time of arrival of a mobile vehicle to a mobile device.
The problem for the rider is still not resolved, though, as the mobile device has a high monthly cost, and the typical bus commuter may not be apt to have s $70 a month mobile phone plan.
A simple bus stop modification that would communicate the minutes to the next bus would ease the rider’s mind. This solar digital display would allow riders to decide to stay in a sheltered area if the bus will not be coming soon, perhaps.
Even though this design may not land us on the moon, please think of how many happy commuters we could have. Posted in TAXILeave a comment