Build Your Own Transit Appliance

I’m happy to announce our first software release, USB drive boot configurations for the Insignia Infocast. These are based on the Qt web browser build here.

This release comes in two versions, one with the touch screen driver enabled and one with the mouse driver enabled (you can plug both a USB mouse and a USB keyboard into the Infocast). I have three Infocast units and my experience is that the touchscreen drivers worked on two of them, but the third would only work with the mouse driver (the touchscreen still works with the mouse driver but the calibration is off).

Our version of the boot script also runs a small Perl script that extracts the MAC id of the unit and builds this into a startup HTML file that will load the appliance configuration from our server. At this point, you’ll still need to ask us to build your configuration, but I hope to have the self-service app for this up within a few weeks.

So the process of setting up your Transit Appliance from unboxing would be:

  1. Burn a USB drive (extract the .zip into the top directory of the FAT32-formatted driver) with one of the downloaded packages above (I’d recommend trying the touch version first and only use the mouse version if that doesn’t work).
  2. Apply power to the Infocast without the USB drive inserted.
  3. Follow the normal Infocast startup through screen calibration and WiFi setup (you can continue through the Chumby control panel setup if you like, but you dont’ need to).
  4. Power down the unit and the insert the USB drive.
  5. Power on the unit. You should eventually see a screen that looks like this:
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  6. Touch the screen (you may have to double-tap) and then you should see a screen like this:
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  7. e-mail us (infocast@portlandtransport.com) with your MAC id and the transit stops you’d like in your configuration. We’ll get you set up and then you’ll be off and running!

BTW – If you prefer not to (or can’t) use WiFi, the Infocast will work with the Chumby-tested USB Ethernet Adapters.

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4 Responses to Build Your Own Transit Appliance

  1. Dwainedibbly says:

    Will this work with an original Chumby? (The Infocast is based on the Chumby platform, isn’t it?) Mrs Dibbly has one that she hasn’t paid much attention to for quite some time. This would be a great way to put the little fellow back to work.

  2. Chris Smith says:

    The question under your question is whether there is a web browser build for your device. My understanding is that the Qt web browser has been built for the Chumby One (the same hardware as the 3.5″ Infocast – known I believe as the Falconwing platform) as well as for the 8″ Infocast (Silvermoon platform).

    But I don’t believe it has been built for the original Chumby. More info on the Chumby wiki.

  3. dwainedibbly says:

    It appears that both links point to the mouse driver version. 🙂 With the infocast down to $99 again, I may just head out to BB and get one today.

  4. Chris Smith says:

    The link has been corrected. BTW – the Chumby folks recommend that you upgrade your Infocast to the 1.05 version of firmware when using the touchscreen driver (see discussion at http://forum.chumby.com/viewtopic.php?pid=33557#p33557).

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