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Old 10-07-2012, 05:41 AM   #1
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Attention PC technology luminaries

I once was no the bleeding edge of technology but now I need your help. Can the device in this link somehow be used to keep an eye on our cars? Could I be in Atlanta but still know my car is safe in NY with something like this?

Twine : Listen to your world, talk to the Internet by Supermechanical — Kickstarter

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Old 10-07-2012, 07:39 AM   #2
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Comon nobody else wants to hook their car to the net? (plead bump)
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Old 10-07-2012, 07:49 AM   #3
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it will tell you some things.

as long as your car is parked in your garage and has access to your home's WiFi connection.

however, if a thief breaks in and drives off (or an insolent teenager) all you will know is that it's not at home anymore. not where it is.

it also tells you if it was "bumped", got wet, on fire...

honestly, it would seem more sensible to hook a camera pointing towards the car and feed it to the web...
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Old 10-07-2012, 07:58 AM   #4
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thanks Tony, I'll look into that. I have family on the job that will look in on my car but they also have made it clear to me that there is no such thing as an impenetrable garage. I plan on raising the insurance against loss while it's stored too, thanks again.
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Old 10-07-2012, 08:35 AM   #5
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They have this thing called ..
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Old 10-07-2012, 08:44 AM   #6
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With all due respect if it gets stolen I don't want it back, I'd rather they total it, hence the screw lojack. If it were my world they would have this thing called shotgun in my vise aimed at the door.
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I already have this iPhone app, I use every feature on it except for driving.

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just razzing Ghost.. It's all good..
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Old 10-07-2012, 08:53 AM   #9
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just razzing Ghost.. It's all good..
I'm cool, it's just that I have seen the way many of these "congratulations we recovered your vehicle", vehicles come back. Most times they are now junk that some insurance company will gladly put a band aid on and return to you thinking they just did you a solid.

PS Those taillights you have look cool

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Old 10-07-2012, 09:23 AM   #10
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are you looking for something like this:
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Old 10-08-2012, 05:59 AM   #11
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I already have this iPhone app, I use every feature on it except for driving.

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Folks have been building devices like this for years with Arduino's.

You can create virtually any kind of functionality with it.

Add any kind of sensor device available, GPS, accelerometer, gyro, temp, pressure, light, sonar, Blue Tooth, WiFi, strain gauages etc.

You could duplicate that devices functionality in a couple hours for under $50

Wonder what the Twine costs?

I have been thinking of an Arduino data logger taking data off the OBDII port for tuning and reviewing track performance.
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Folks have been building devices like this for years with Arduino's.

You can create virtually any kind of functionality with it.

Add any kind of sensor device available, GPS, accelerometer, gyro, temp, pressure, light, sonar, Blue Tooth, WiFi, strain gauages etc.

You could duplicate that devices functionality in a couple hours for under $50

Wonder what the Twine costs?

I have been thinking of an Arduino data logger taking data off the OBDII port for tuning and reviewing track performance.
if you could duplicate that solution for 50$, i will offer you a very nice job with a very nice salary.
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Folks have been building devices like this for years with Arduino's...

I have been thinking of an Arduino data logger taking data off the OBDII port for tuning and reviewing track performance.
Huh, I thought I was the only one trying to marry arduinos and Porches.

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if you could duplicate that solution for 50$, i will offer you a very nice job with a very nice salary.
I think the twine is a neat first effort but they are missing the biggest part of their sales strategy, the Application side of their device. Sounds like a student project.

They have several sensors and those need to be explained as the average person who it seems to be geared too will not know how the sensors can be utilized.

Right now it detects wet, a vibration, magnetic latch.... only one of two options, yes or no.

The Arduino solution could measure the degree as some of those sensors have a scale of ranges.

Plus take it to the next step and DO something physical in response to the detection, like turn something on or off.

On the cost side you could have this thing produced for maybe $15 with all the sensors in China.

Now I'm starting to think of a competing product.

But, I digress.

My experience with Arduino's has been with flight stabilization control so far (Drones), and they perform amazingly well at that complex task.
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if you look at the kickstarter description, they're taking on the tech side with a "wizard" type interface, the device is not meant to be programmed. you use the web page and set up simple rules - if bumped, send message. if it gets wet, send a txt, etc.

fyi. the retail price is planned at $99.

still one of my fav. youtube videos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lCUGPixEnk

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