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    Yahoo Widget and OBDII, TPMS, iTunes, BlueSoleil etc.

    Yahoo widget is new to me, but I have not found much on this forum so I take the risk of breaking thru an open door.

    Yahoo widgets are really apealling to me. With a hot key you can get a clock widget or a weather widget on top of what ever you are watching. I even found a webcamera widget (not working) that showed current traffic situation!

    The obvious application (to me) is information of any kind. Not just weather, but also engine rev etc! Or tyre pressure. As "a complement to RR". Not "instead off RR".

    As far as I understand you can write a line like
    load = system.cpu.activity;
    and the widget engine will provide cpu load for you to do what you want with!

    You can also use COM interface. Lets assume that you have an OBDII driver that provides a COM interface and thru it all kinds of data. You can then do all sorts of fuel economy calculations, ETA, etc. *ell, I guess this is a great method of skinning and distributing anything that has a COM interface!! Phone, iTunes, etc...

    What I have not found is the possibility to show one widget at a time...

    Is all this old news? From what I know it's been around for mac for ever, and for win32 3-4 years. (howcome I did not know!!!???)

    Thoughts on this?
    What is around with COM interface that can be widgetized in carputing?
    What has already been done?


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    Quote Originally Posted by bes51659 View Post
    Thoughts on this?
    What is around with COM interface that can be widgetized in carputing?
    What has already been done?
    Hobbyist-grade equipment connects to a serial port and you're expected to roll-your-own everything. Professional-grade equipment implements a standard interface but it's still pretty fundamental. Even though COM is old news these days, in this area it's higher-tech than what I'd take for granted.

    It's a neat idea but I think you'll have some programming ahead of you. It won't be as simple as downloading some library and calling "system.obd2.read(RPM)".

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    In some case people write their own apps. I am thinking of HQCT, TPMS, and now lately Bluesoleil. If it was done in the widget format it would be just a click away from adding to your system. (from yahoo)

    There are good info on http://widgets.yahoo.com/tools/

    The programming is writing your own text file containing XML with Java scripts insertions. (If i understand it correct)

    I would not mind makeing a widget myself. What worries me is the COM interface of lets say TPMS that is unknown to me, and the artwork ;-)

    It won't be as simple as downloading some library and calling "system.obd2.read(RPM)".
    Not quite, but not far from it. (Again. Since I have not actually done it, I am not 100% sure)
    The yahoo engine provides:
    COM.connectObject
    COM.createObject
    COM.disconnectObject

    And from then on you can do whatever that specific COM will let you!

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