In Brief

Low-cost infrared tracker provides a discreet way to monitor waiting times.

Standing around in lines is the perfect way to waste a good chunk of your free time, but Matthew Pegula, a software engineer for Pittsburgh-based innovation studio Deeplocal, has come up with a low-cost solution. His device is like a human traffic report, which uses Infrared Sensors to detect how many people are coming in and out of a particular location – so you can decide whether it’s worth your time.

Pegula admits that “free time is a precious thing so wasting it waiting in lines kills me,” which is why the idea came to him when he was stuck in line at a local grocery store. “I started thinking about traffic reports and wished that I could get something similar for places that I frequent.”

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