We’ve covered OBD-II readers before on Toolmonger, and it’s our experience that they generally fall into two categories: the inexpensive ones which offer a read of instant data only, and the expensive ones which show and record real-time data. It makes sense, as it takes a lot more computing power and design to handle the real-time data than it does to just show you the current readings. But what if you’ve already spent a few hundred bucks on a pocket computing device that has plenty of juice to drive such a display — like, say, an iPhone?
Griffin launched a “car monitoring sensor” this week at CES that plugs into your OBD-II data jack and connects to your iPhone via Bluetooth. Their app records and displays the data via the iPhone’s pretty high-res touch screen. Total cost: about $90.
Cult of Mac (whose staff is braving CES so we, thankfully, don’t have to) reports that the app not only reports common OBD-II data but also integrates fuel consumption rate, acceleration, and more. It even calculates a “carbon score” to help you estimate how much you’re adding to various world ecological problems.
But hey, forget all the extras. I paid over $100 for the basic code reader I own, and I’d happily trade it for something like this that offers a hell of a lot nicer display of the data — especially for less cash. Color me interested.
(Thanks, Cult of Mac, for the press-release-based photo.)
Griffin Launches Car-Monitoring Sensor for iPhone [Cult of Mac]