So What’s a Transit Appliance?

I’m defining a “transit appliance” as a category of devices (not any particular device) that meet two conditions:

  1. Display transit information (in the current case under discussion, vehicle arrival estimates – but potentially other information as well).
  2. Are an ‘appliance’ in the sense that they have been configured to perform just this task, i.e., you turn it on and up comes the transit information. A personal computer on which you have to launch a web browser would NOT meet the definition. It needs to “just work”. No mouse, no keyboard. Just a power switch (at least after initial configuration).

I first introduced the idea of a “transit appliance” in this post on Portland Transport.

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