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  • New OBDII scantool - Beta testers?

    I'd be intested in purchasing a beta. Have an Oldsmobile and will be getting a Pontiac vibe this spring.

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    New OBDII scantool - Beta testers?

    Hi All,

    I have developed an all in one OBDII scantool similar to the ELMScan and OBDAll in one offerings. I have been testing it for the past 1 month against all kinds of cars and it works pretty well.

    It has a couple of neat features such as allowing you to automatically change the baud rate (The ELMScan only offers fixed baud rates of 9600 & 38400).

    Anyways I was wondering if there would be any interest amongst users to beta test this product? Since I do not have a huge budget I cannot give it away for free but would be willing to offer it at an extremely low price $ 60. or so for a unit that includes all the necessary cables, hardware etc, and you can return it within 30 days for any reason for a full refund (I will make it $ 55 so you can use the 5 bucks to ship it back if you want to ).

    I will do this for the first 10 folks but I would like to have a mix of cars so let me know what you would be testing on.

    Let me know if anyones interested and I will follow up with them.

    Thanks
    Paul

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    • #3
      Sounds interesting. any more info or pics?
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      • #4
        I will be setting up a website etc to share more details give me a day or two I was just trying to gauge the interest here. Will provide more details in the next couple of days.

        beta testers is a bit of a misnomer since I have extensively tested the unit on all kinds of cars, but I want to be absolutely certain that there will be no issues and getting a crossection of the power users to do some independent testing would be very informative hence the post

        Thanks
        Paul

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        • #5
          I have a 2000 Blazer I could test it in. What kind of support will you be offering on this product if we find bugs and such? What software does it work with? What makes this product better than the competitors?

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          • #6
            Any bugs will be fixed via a chip swap. I will provide a socketed board so the micro can be swapped out if anyone uncovers any bugs. Support will be via a website that I will set up and if you need I will also provide phone support via callback. (I am working on finalizing the website will send out the link - hopefully in the next day or two)

            Main advantages over the existing products

            1. Supports fully variable baud rates 9600 - 128000. Also it does this without having to open up the interface each time you want to change speeds.
            2. Fully compatible with the ELM327 command set
            3. Has a double buffered message queues for the OBD II messages from the vehicle so less likely to run into the BUFFER OVERFLOW issue that happens with the ELM327 chipset.
            4. Lower cost compared to the ELM327 chipset.

            The interface will be compatible with the all existing software that works with the ELM327 products. Some of the software examples

            Scanmaster ELM v.0.4.0.0 - http://www.wgsoft.de
            Digimoto Lite - http://www.digimoto.com/
            wODB - http://www.werner-digital.com/obd/software.html
            ScanTool - http://www.scantool.net/?mode=browseSoftware
            OBD2Spy - http://www.obd2spy.com/
            EasyObdII_v2 - http://www.easyobdii.com/downloads.php
            OBD Logger - http://pages.infinit.net/jsenk/obd.htm
            OBD Gauge, PalmOS, Pocket PC - http://www.qcontinuum.org/obdgauge/



            Thanks
            Paul

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            • #7
              Originally posted by michbound View Post
              Any bugs will be fixed via a chip swap. I will provide a socketed board so the micro can be swapped out if anyone uncovers any bugs. Support will be via a website that I will set up and if you need I will also provide phone support via callback. (I am working on finalizing the website will send out the link - hopefully in the next day or two)

              Main advantages over the existing products

              1. Supports fully variable baud rates 9600 - 128000. Also it does this without having to open up the interface each time you want to change speeds.
              2. Fully compatible with the ELM327 command set
              3. Has a double buffered message queues for the OBD II messages from the vehicle so less likely to run into the BUFFER OVERFLOW issue that happens with the ELM327 chipset.
              4. Lower cost compared to the ELM327 chipset.

              The interface will be compatible with the all existing software that works with the ELM327 products.

              Thanks
              Paul
              Sounds like a worthwhile investment. I would me more than happy to try this out for you.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by tsiedsma View Post
                Sounds like a worthwhile investment. I would me more than happy to try this out for you.
                Thanks tsiedsma, let me get the website all setup so you will have all the details and then I will contact you seperately. The website will offer the product at a higher price but just ignore that since you will be testing the interface.

                Your trailblazer most likely uses the J1850 VPW protocol and I have extensively tested that so you will not run into any issues, but then I just want to be cautious and ensure that I get a good diverse test group validating the interface rather than just me testing it on different cars.

                Paul

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by michbound View Post
                  Thanks tsiedsma, let me get the website all setup so you will have all the details and then I will contact you seperately. The website will offer the product at a higher price but just ignore that since you will be testing the interface.

                  Your trailblazer most likely uses the J1850 VPW protocol and I have extensively tested that so you will not run into any issues, but then I just want to be cautious and ensure that I get a good diverse test group validating the interface rather than just me testing it on different cars.

                  Paul
                  Sounds good. It is actually a Blazer and not the newer Trailblazer but I am sure the interface is identical.

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                  • #10
                    Paul, if you send me more information I will purchase one and test it in house against our emulators (all protocols) and I'll have some of the devs take it for a spin. I'd be interested to see what the hardware can do.
                    Joel Konecny
                    Digimoto OBDII Diagnostics

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by digimotojoel View Post
                      Paul, if you send me more information I will purchase one and test it in house against our emulators (all protocols) and I'll have some of the devs take it for a spin. I'd be interested to see what the hardware can do.
                      Joel, Thanks for the offer, that would be great I will post the website link in the next day or two that should answer any question you have on the command set etc.

                      Thanks
                      Paul

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                      • #12
                        I am interested, as I am looking for an obd interface any way. I can test it on my 2001 chrysler pt cruiser.
                        2001 PT Cuiser
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by morris_the_cat View Post
                          I am interested, as I am looking for an obd interface any way. I can test it on my 2001 chrysler pt cruiser.
                          Awesome, I have not been able to get a pt cruiser to test so it will be very useful, most likely it uses the ISO 9141 or the 1850 interface and should work fine. I will contact everyone in the next day or two with more details.

                          Thanks
                          Paul

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                          • #14
                            How about a european tester?

                            Can test in an Audi A4 and Ford Focus..

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by michbound View Post
                              Hi All,

                              I have developed an all in one OBDII scantool similar to the ELMScan and OBDAll in one offerings. I have been testing it for the past 1 month against all kinds of cars and it works pretty well.

                              It has a couple of neat features such as allowing you to automatically change the baud rate (The ELMScan only offers fixed baud rates of 9600 & 38400).

                              Anyways I was wondering if there would be any interest amongst users to beta test this product? Since I do not have a huge budget I cannot give it away for free but would be willing to offer it at an extremely low price $ 60. or so for a unit that includes all the necessary cables, hardware etc, and you can return it within 30 days for any reason for a full refund (I will make it $ 55 so you can use the 5 bucks to ship it back if you want to ).

                              I will do this for the first 10 folks but I would like to have a mix of cars so let me know what you would be testing on.

                              Let me know if anyones interested and I will follow up with them.

                              Thanks
                              Paul
                              Hey! count me in too! I am working on a new machine and writing some software for it too. It would be an honor to test your OBD-II device on all 7 of our cars and let you know the results!
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