2016 Land Rover Range Rover TD6 Fuel Economy Review

Automobiles, Videos
May 31, 2016 No Comments

Land Rover — at least in the North American market — has gotten a bad reputation for it’s fuel economy over the years. I’ve owned a Land Rover since 1997 (before they were status symbol vehicles) and I would even call myself a Land Rover enthusiast. So when Land Rover announced they were bringing a Turbo Diesel V6 engine to North America I placed my order. I’m now a proud owner of a 2016 Range Rover TD6 — it’s the engine we should have had back in my 1998 Discovery!

After a little over 1700 miles on clock, my best “journey” is 32.8MPG. Not bad for a truck that has gotten 12-14MPG in the past. Average with City driving is about 24.5/25MPG which is inline with what Land Rover/EPA states the average MPG would be. I’m impressed — great job LR!

Hope this video can change peoples perspective that a capable 4×4 like the Range Rover is now on it’s way to being more eco-friendly and fuel efficient than years past models.

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Installing DD-WRT on a WRT1200AC Wifi Router

DIY, Electronics, Hacks & Mods, Videos
May 30, 2016 No Comments

I’ve been running DD-WRT on the Linksys WRT54G for about 6 years with no issues. But Amazon had the Linksys WRT1200AC on sale so I decided to upgrade to the latest model — have to say the WRT1200 is a whole lot faster than the WRT54G. As you can see in the video, the install process is also amazingly quick and you’ll be up and running in no time!

Amazon: Linksys WRT1200AC

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Fusion 360, 3D Printing, Atom RX122 MicroFPV Battery Protection/Basket

Announcements, DIY, Electronics, Fun & Games, Hacks & Mods, R/C Models, Videos
May 29, 2016 No Comments

It’s been a while since I last uploaded a video to YouTube. In this video I give an update on my YouTube channel, a neat Fusion 360 tip (attaching canvas and using the calibrate feature), show an extremely basic process of designing something in Fusion 360, sending it to Simplify3D slicer then printing on the 3D Printer.  I will be posting more videos on YouTube so please subscribe to my channel as it definitely puts wind in my sails and influences the type of content I create.

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mavroOBD PART 2 – Arduino 328P ODB CanBus Hacking

Automobiles, DIY, Electronics, Hacks & Mods
February 5, 2016 8 Comments

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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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mavroOBD – My OpenSource project designed to “hack” your vehicle

Automobiles, DIY, Electronics, Hacks & Mods
December 24, 2015 7 Comments

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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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Mavromatic’s ESPN & ABC Local Technology Gift Guide – 2015

Cool Tools, Electronics, Fun & Games, Gift Guides
December 7, 2015 No Comments

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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!

 

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