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  1. Lilliput USB Powered 8 and 10 inch Touchscreens – CES 2010

    by , 01-07-2010 at 09:06 PM

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    Lilliput is most excited to present their new USB-powered 8" and 10.1" touchscreens. They provide data, touch and power over a single cable. The 8" display generally requires only one cable for power for most computers. The 10.1" monitor is 1024x576 dots and requires extra power because of its size. These monitors will be released within the next few months and be available on the mp3Car Store. The 8" display generally requires one cable for most computers.

  2. Video Coverage of CES 2010 and Live Streaming from the Mp3Car Crew

    by , 01-06-2010 at 05:15 PM
    Heather, Rob and Sean from the mp3Car team are in flight to Las Vegas to attend the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show. We will bring CES 2010 video coverage to you via ustream live videos and HD videos on our blog. Tell us what and who you want to see on video by sending @mp3Car tweets which will text our mobile phones.


    We are looking forward to meeting up with forum members such as Greg Planthaber, the recent subject of a New York Times article, for a meet up Saturday night. If you are at CES 2010, join our meet and if you have YouTube videos add them to our Community Videos page for everyone to see.
  3. Got YouTube Videos? Post them at mp3Car.

    by , 01-06-2010 at 08:49 AM
    Thanks to YouTube Direct, any mp3Car community member can easily share their YouTube Videos with the rest of the mp3Car Community. All you have to do is go to the Community Videos Tab and follow the instructions.

    Why Share Your Videos? By sharing you help other members of mp3Car more easily find videos about carpc installs, mobile computing, and anything else that might be of interest to the community. Feel free to submit product demo videos if you are a company too. To see an example check out the Community Video page and see the CarPC 101 Video from BugByte.
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  4. Free Ground Shipping, All Orders Above $50

    by , 01-05-2010 at 03:16 PM
    Free ground shipping in the Continental U.S. on all orders above $50 now through January 31, 2010 at the mp3Car Store. Use coupon code "NEWYEARSHIPPING" upon checkout.

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  5. Hardware Review: PLX Devices Kiwi Wifi OBD Scanner

    by , 01-05-2010 at 11:00 AM


    What is it?

    The PLX Devices Kiwi Wifi is an easy to use wireless OBD-II scanner which connects to iPhone and iPod Touch Devices.

    The Verdict:


    The PLX Devices Kiwi Wifi OBD-II scanner is a handy device, which makes OBD scanning and code reading simpler than it’s ever been before. However, its wireless accessibility is both a blessing and a burden. I would recommend this device based on its code-reading abilities more so than its day-to-day data reading capabilities.

    See this product on the mp3Car Store HERE.


    What’s in the box?


    The Kiwi Wifi comes with the main OBD-II Module, a 6-foot OBD port cable, and a simple yet effective set of instructions.

    Description:


    The Kiwi Wifi device is a plug and play tool used to scan OBD-II data from modern automobiles using either an iPhone or iPod Touch (not included). The magic in the device is it uses an 802.11x wireless signal to send the data read from your OBD-II port to the Apple device. This means you can simply connect the OBD-II cable to your vehicles port, and tuck the Kiwi away. The device has a switch to turn the Kiwi on/off. This may come in handy if you are worried about power consumption (the device does constantly pull power from the OBD port in its ON state), but for most applications it shouldn’t be necessary. The only other notable features of the device are a red light indicating the device power state and a green “LINK” light that indicates an iPod connection is present.




    To complete the setup, one need go to "settings" on your iPod or iPhone device. Turn on wifi, and a wireless signal named “PLXDevices” should display after a quick signal search. Connect to that device (no encryption needed), then click the blue arrow to enter that particular connection’s settings. Click the “Static” button then enter an IP address of 192.168.0.11 and a subnet mask of 255.255.255.0. Save, and the setup is complete.



    The Kiwi device is supported by various applications from the iTunes store. The instructions indicate that both popular apps, Rev and FuzzyCar, support the Kiwi. FuzzyCar supports all PID data and is quite a bit cheaper than the paid-for version of Rev, so that was my app of choice. Once installed, FuzzyCar ran a quick scan of my vehicles supported PIDs. Once the scan was done the information was displayed in a neat and clear fashion.








    The ease of use of the Kiwi Wifi when paired with an iPod is amazing. The instruction booklet reads “This Won’t Take Long” in bold print and it couldn’t be more correct. Still, there are two issues that need be mentioned. In order to use the device, you must first manually connect to the “PLXDevices” wifi connection each time you want to use it. It would seem the applications should automatically switch when they are started but this is not the case. The bigger issue is the speed at which the information is updated. A standard serial OBD-II port will update information at nearly once per second. The Kiwi Wifi appears to be hindered by the wireless connection, as the information updates at close to once per ten seconds in my testing with FuzzyCar. This obviously makes information such as RPM and engine load % worthless. Even still, the PLX Devices Kiwi Wifi handles OBD-II well and does an excellent job of adding a handy feature to an already potent Apple device.

    The Positive:


    • Super-fast installation routine
    • Supreme portability
    • Seamless integration with iPhone/iPod Touch
    • Wireless means less wiring and easier to stow away
    • Power switch to conserve energy
    • Bus (OBD-II) powered

    The Negative:


    • Requires an external device (iPod or iPhone)
    • Slow data updates
    • Requires manual connection of the wireless device
    • No free application. Adds to the cost of the device.

    The Verdict:


    The PLX Devices Kiwi Wifi OBD-II scanner is a handy device which makes OBD scanning and code reading simpler than it’s ever been before. However, its wireless accessibility is both a blessing and a burden. I would recommend this device based on its code-reading abilities more so than its day-to-day data reading capabilities.

    Specifications:


    SSID: PLXDevices
    IP: 192.168.0.10
    Subnet: 255.255.255.0
    Port: 35000
    Range: 50 ft (line of sight)
    Antenna: Internal
    Power Consumption: 0.7 Watts
    Wifi Standard: 802.11a/b/g
    Operating Temp: -15 to 100° C
    Dimensions: 2.75x1.25x0.6 Inches

    See this product on the mp3Car Store HERE.

    Updated 01-05-2010 at 11:08 AM by Jensen2000

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