SHARING AMERICA'S TECH NEWS FROM THE VALLEY TO THE ALLEY
by Dhiya Kuriakose/1 hour ago, courtesy mashable
The situation is familiar to everyone who has taken public transportation: You rush into up to the turnstile and then spend five minutes ransacking your pockets and bags for your transit card.
Two undergraduate students at MIT designed a ring to replace Boston’s transit card, the Charlie Card, to pay public transport fares with ease. The inspiration came from forgetting their Charlie Cards time and again.
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The 3D-printed ring, called the Sesame Ring, is waterproof and RFID-enabled. It works just like the Charlie Card: Load the ring with money and place it against the scanner on the turnstile to get through. The nifty piece of wearable tech was approved by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority after months of development and innovation.
The team is trying to fund the Sesame Ring on Kickstarter and has already surpassed its $5,000 goal with 18 days left in the campaign.
Interested backers can still pledge $20 to reserve a ring with a signature Sesame Ring face or pay an extra $30 to customize the face.
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