View Full Version : OBDII serial/usb/applescript questions Carputer

Apr 13, 2006, 11:36 AM
This is a synopsis of whats going on in my head and at anothr forum.

OBDII the serial interface used by cars, has something called ScanTool (http://www.scantool.net/) that is a device with accompanying software to display the data.

There is no OSX software of course.

I know there exists an applescript thing for communicating with a serial/usb device (the ScanTool is serial, run it thru a USB adapter for mac)

the question I have, since Im new totally to scripting, where do I see this inflow of data from the device on screen? Like I connect the device to a mac, turn the car on and want to see some sort of data start to flow.

How do I begin to get the data on screen so I can manipulate it into various real-time graphs etc?

Apr 13, 2006, 12:34 PM
Do you know any other computer languages? I would say Java (for example) was better than applescript for this purpose, as applescript would probably be too slow.

If you install XCode there is a program called USB Prober in /Developer/Applications/Utilities which may help you.