Who we are : LoopWatch
We're getting the GPS coordinates from the loop bus to create a contextual application that tells the user when the nearest bus stop is at lightning fast speeds. Using Ionic, we are able to write our codebase once and deploy it to iOS and Android with nearly native speeds.
We know that there is another web service that lets students know when buses are coming, however an easy to use mobile interface that gives contextual information is still lacking. We believe this application fills in those gaps and tells the user when the nearest bus is as soon as they open the application
We ran into a lot of problems with angularJS and ionic. For one, we needed to all learn how to use the language, and we spent a lot of time debugging our implementation and reading AngularJS and Ionic documentation. Trying to figure out a good algorithm on how close a bus is to the user was also a big challenge.
What we're proud of
Our team spent from knowing virtually nothing about hybrid application development, to developing rich user interface in css, and a fully functional loop bus implementation. Our main goal was to learn new things, and we are proud of what we came up with by the end of hackUCSC.
We will continue to develop on the application so that UCSC students can use the application any time, any where. We still have some corner cases to fill out, as well as developing more with the google maps sdk.