This was probably the closest I was going to get to having a magic genie. Earlier this week, I read an article about the OneBusAway app that made me wonder how non-smartphone users could also benefit from this tool. What if the app was embedded in the bus stop?
Not even 24 hours after I was seriously considering talking to UW Transportation Services about the idea, a strange new addition appeared at the bus stop I usually wait at every night to go home. It was OneBusAway minus the smartphone, just like I had imagined.
I'm glad someone was a couple steps ahead of me. Or maybe it was my genie, because the feeling of seeing that new screen at the stop was close to magical.
I also met the Director of Innovation & Inspiration today. Read that name again. It's a real thing, I kid you not. He wore a bright orange shirt and had really cool facial hair.