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Old 07-05-2012, 03:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Cool alternative to ScanGauge + other OBD2 monitors

I whipped up a product review article about the PLX Devices Kiwi, and this thing is awesome.

For a little more than $100, you get wireless connectivity to your ECU through your iPhone or Android smartphone, and can monitor damn near ALL engine parameters.

Check it out: PLX Devices Kiwi
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I use this on my insight and it works pretty good. The MPG calcs are not very accurate but all the sensor readings are great. Plus you can view/clear codes, capture video with live data overlay (like a video vBox), and it links all the engine parameters to your GPS. Nifty little toy.

It stays in the insight, but I also use it on my other cars and even use the Torque applicaiton on my boat.
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If you go through and do the calibration, the FE calculations are actually pretty darn close.

We do the math (odo miles vs gallons used) and the dash computer reads about 2mpg low per tank. After calibration, the Kiwi came within 0.6mpg of accurate (tested over a 3-tank run).

My wife also has the Torque app loaded, and sets the Kiwi to display "instant fuel economy" on her Android (full-screen, digital bar gauge) and props it up on the speedometer bezel. She's learned how to plot the data, and is kicking my butt now by 2mpg over her last 2 tanks.
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I pretty much tossed my Scangauge in the garbage once I got my OBDIIC&C gauge... the OBDIIC&C is pretty much the only game in town for the Insight IMO.
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Agreed, even if the OBDIIC&C showed nothing about the engine and only the hybrid system, it would STILL be worth it.

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It really would be pretty easy to make the OBDIIC&C Gauge wireless. A transmitter to transmit the parallel LCD data and the LCD could be remote mounted. Perhaps with a small lithium battery and USB port to recharge it.

I'm not aware of any parallel transmitters off hand, but you could use a serial transmitter and a PIC to translate if you were handy with such things.
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A serial lcd and simple transmitter/rxd pair would be the way to go if you want a remote lcd.
A small code change all that would be reqd to drive the serial lcd.
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It would be cool to have just a tiny thin little screen and a thin little plug and have all the bulk hidden behind dash near the obd2 port. But I already dropped all the money for my gauge. Only way I'm replacing mine is if it kicks the bucket.
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This is what I've been using on my vehicles. Significantly cheaper then Kiwi. They also have mini versions out now that are nice and small.

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I haven't used the full power of Torque app yet, but am slowly learning.

I don't know much about electronics but aren't these just bluetooth transmitters and the real power is in the Torque app software? Meaning couldn't it be transmitted to a wireless obdiic&c?


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