I really like the texting option. It is estimated that only 10% of
the blind population reads braille. I suggest, like most room numbering on
campus, that signage include braille and high-contrast large alpha-numeric
characters. The most appealing part of the Texas system is that there is
an option for most kinds of users: phone, text, Web site, and QR code.
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Sent: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 10:28
Subject: Re: [WEBSTANDARDS] QR
I saw a really great example of more informative bus signs when
I was visiting Austin, TX this week. Luckily they had an example and a full
explanation on their metro website since I forgot to snap a picture. I ended
up using this service multiples times during my visit. Being a UMN nerd,
I immediately thought of this conversation :-).
A great feature they added was braile on the signs. Phil K could probably
offer input to the usability of the braile on a bus sign. Check it out.
On Wed, Apr 4, 2012 at 12:56 PM, Jacqueline Brudlos
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To Mandi - yes, it's very
similar to Metro Transit's NextTrip.
Pete - the 121 is listed on Metro Transit and there are talks about a
collaberation of systems. Everything is still in the works.
I remember at one point the 121 was listed somewhere
on the MetroTransit site. If they already have the sort of service you're
looking for, could it be tied in with them?
Wed, Apr 4, 2012 at 11:52 AM, Mandi Caffery <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
I like this NextBus idea. It sounds a little like
MetroTransit's NextTrip service, which I use all the time. However, I
wouldn't be likely to scan a QR code to use NextTrip, or any other service.
Not only does it take much longer than typing in a URL, but I'd feel really
awkward standing at a bus trying to scan a QR code. A short URL or an app
would be preferred. Also, I feel the need to
include this Tumblr in the QR code usage convo, though I can't decide if
it's helpful insight or just a funny site. Either way: http://picturesofpeoplescanningqrcodes.tumblr.com. Mandi
On Wed, Apr 4, 2012 at 10:06 AM,
Christopher Bongaarts <[log in to unmask]> wrote: On 4/4/2012 8:37 AM, Layon,
I have never, *ever* observed a
person scanning a QR code in the
wild, despite the codes being quite
common. And this is in a world
where you don't need to go walking
for more than 10 seconds to
encounter someone using their smartphone.
But not to scan QR codes.
Just an observation. I did it all the time when I first got my smartphone. Then the
novelty wore off.
I still do occasionally, when I find one in an
unexpected place. I usually don't bother if it's obvious where it
would go. But the reason why has more to do with how long it takes to
fire up my barcode reader app than anything else.
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