MIT's net-enabled EyeStop brings bus stops and routes into the 21st Century

If all bus stops were "EyeStops," then you'd be able to do a lot more than just sit and wait. The solar-powered kiosks, designed by MIT's SENSEable City Lab, are equipped with touchscreens that'll show you everything from the bus schedule to the shortest route for your trip. That's pretty much all you need to know at a bus stop, right? Apparently not.

The EyeStop also lets you check the air quality, browse the web, see exactly where the bus you're waiting for is, interact with your mobile device and — my favorite feature — use the EyeStop as a community message board where you can post ads and announcements.

On top of that, it looks pretty darn slick for a bus stop. MIT announced the concept at the Genio Fiorentino festival in Florence, Italy, with a working prototype scheduled for October.

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