OBDII serial/usb/applescript questions Carputer

Discussion in 'Mac Programming' started by Sdashiki, Apr 13, 2006.

  1. macrumors 68040


    Aug 11, 2005
    Behind the lens
    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 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?
  2. macrumors G4


    Nov 3, 2005
    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.

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