mavroOBD PART 2 – Arduino 328P ODB CanBus Hacking

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… continued from part I.

It’s been a while since I last posted an update on the mavroOBD project.  After a few (3) board revisions, I’m happy to report that I’ve successfully miniaturized the Arduino UNO (ATMega328P based AVR) and SeeedStudio CANBus shield into a compact OBD module form factor.   Next, I will begin the coding portion and will post updates as that happens.  Feel free to post a comment if you are interested in helping out with this project.

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Posted on Feb 5th | no comments
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mavroOBD – My OpenSource project designed to “hack” your vehicle

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Today I’m announcing my next project, mavroOBD.  It’s an open source Arduino compatible OBD/Can-Bus module.  The goal behind this is to provide an easy way for people to interact with their vehicles.   Not sure where this will lead but I’ve been wanting to get into the “car hacking” space for a while.  I’ve already sourced an OBD port module and designed two boards (power and mainboard).    This is an open source project and is available here on Github.

The idea is to be able to enhance my vehicles capabilities — since they don’t provide us a way to do this via configuration screens in the vehicle — one thing that drives me crazy is in my vehicle, I have to press a button for my front parking sensors to be active (if I haven’t been in reverse first).  This is annoying when pulling into a space.   My first task will be to emulate the parking sensor button when traveling less than 10mph.

The first step is to sniff the OBD port Can-Bus traffic to see if I have access to the system via the OBD port.  Depending on the manufacture some of the “internal”, non-diagnostic features are on a low or medium speed Can-Bus.   I’m still learning so if anyone has more knowledge and wants to share, please post a comment or join my efforts.  More to come… components will be here soon and I will be posting again when I get the boards populated and I can access the high-speed can bus network of my vehicle.

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Posted on Dec 24th | 3 comments
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Mavromatic’s ESPN & ABC Local Technology Gift Guide – 2015

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It’s that time of year where I compile the greatest technology gift ideas so you don’t have too.  It’s not Oprah’s “My favorite things” but a close second ;)   Available at ESPN as well as at KABC, KGO, KTRK, KFSNWABC, WLS, WPVI and WTVD — Enjoy!

 


Posted on Dec 7th | no comments
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RotorX Atom RX122 122mm FPV Micro Quad

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If you have been following my adventures in FPV quad building you’ll love this update.  I received my latest build from liftrc, the RotoX Atom RX122 FPV Micro Quad.  Let me tell you, this thing is small.  Really, small!  

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Posted on Aug 15th | 1 comment
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ESPN Technology Gift Guide – 2014

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Just in time for your holiday shopping, check out this years ESPN Holiday Guide.  Guides ranging from Sports Gifts to Gifts for Women, there will be something on the guide for everyone.   Your’s truly contributed to the technology guide so swing on by and get some gift ideas.  Think of the ESPN Gift Guide like an advent calendar as every couple days a new guide will be made available.


Posted on Dec 2nd | no comments
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Holiday Gift Guide – 2014

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It’s that time of year again!  My 2014 Holiday Gift Guide has been released and is available at KGO San Francisco (abc7news.com), KABC Los Angeles (abc7.com), KFSN Fresno (abc30.com), WABC New York (7online.com), WLS Chicago (abc7chicago.com), WPVI Philadelphia (6abc.com), KTRK Houston (abc13.com) and/or WTVD Raleigh-Durham (abc11.com) ABC television station sites.

Lots of great gift ideas ranging from rechargeable batteries to the ultimate espresso machine.  I’ve used and tested everything in this guide so you don’t have to!  Be sure to check my guide before you start shopping and let me know your thoughts.


Posted on Nov 21st | no comments
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Review: Outdoor Weatherproof SunbriteTV 46″ Signature Series TV

I’m working on the new Holiday Gift Guides and had a 46″ SunbriteTV LCD TV from their Signature Series line in for review.  Thought I’d do a quick video review for the readers of Mavromatic.  It’s a pretty neat TV especially that you can permanently keep it installed outdoors as it’s completely weatherproof.   Watch the video above and let me know what you think of it in the comments below.  Please subscribe to our YouTube channel, it helps push our content into more YouTube suggestions.

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Getting Continuity / Hand-off working on a MacBook Pro Late 2011 Model

Loving Yosemite, Apple’s latest version of OS X but you cannot get Continuity / Hand-off working with your iOS8 device and computer?  Chances are you don’t have a computer that has the required Bluetooth Low Energy 4.0 chipset — needs to be a model year 2012 or later.  No worries, you can swap out the Bluetooth module pretty easy as Apple uses the same modules on different computers. Check out my latest video on YouTube that shows how to get your Late 2011 Model MacBook Pro 15″ (13″ should be similar) working with Continuity.

You’ll need to order the correct Bluetooth module for your MacBook Pro — be certain that is has the “CAX” marking, not just AX.  I used the following one from eBay — New MacBook Pro A1278 A1286 A1297 Unibody AirPort Extreme Card for 2011-2012.

For further assembly instructions check out the great guides on ifixit.

You can download the patch script from here: http://www.mavromatic.com/tofrom/patch_ble.sh.zip
For more detailed script instructions (thanks Lem3ssie!) check out this forum: http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=20167654&postcount=1040

Leave any questions on YouTube or in the comments.

UPDATE: If you updated to 10.10.1 you will need to reapply the script or download the Continuity Activation Tool and it will do it all for you.


Posted on Nov 1st | no comments
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