The Qubie Device Can Track and Display Wait Times at Polling Stations

By: Joey Haar - Aug 15, 2016
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With a humongous federal election upcoming in the US, the Qubie device is a way to encourage more people to get out and vote. Created by start-up 'Free and Fair,' the Qubie device is a piece of hardware that can easily monitor the estimated wait time for lines, including the lines at polling stations, helping public sector workers to better allocate their resources.

Qubie works by using public wireless signals emitted from people's smartphones and wearables. Taking in this anonymous data as input, it can produce and deliver a detailed assessment of wait times at different polling places. Public sector workers at the polls can then use this data to decide where and how to spend their time. On the consumer side, the Qubie devices information can be delivered to voters, letting them know when it's a good time to hit the polls.