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Old 01-09-2004, 06:33 PM   #1
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Lightbulb Pocket PC datalogging solution

OK,

So I've been searching on here for a while about pocket/data logging with a pocket pc OS (aka windows ce) so that I could use my fast, reliable, and color compaq ipaq for logging and not have to use my palm m100.

I found some stuff while surfin the net and wanted to see what you guys thought.

here is a link to the cable and converter, ElmScan ISO 9141/14230, which according to the site should hook up and work:
http://www.scantool.net/elmscan_iso.htm

I'm sure there are others available, so please post links/reviews!

to get the ipaq to be able to go serial, there are cheap cables on ebay, like the following:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...category=29842

you could then use a serial male male cable to connect it all together since the connection off the ipaq and the elmscan are both female:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...category=41995

now for the software, ie "the most important part",
I found a few sites that were developing pocket pc datalogging stuff, and a lot of them had the software to download for free:
http://www.geocities.com/a_ser_files/
http://www.scantool.net/software.htm#introduction

and some that are developed and for sale:
http://www.innovationhouse.com/produ...can_tools.html
http://www.obd2.com/win_ce/data/win_ce.htm

Now I realize the ones for sale are costly, but they sound like high quality logging software from what I read. I could justify spending a little more than what the "pocketlogger" costs, but nothing outrageous.

Anyways, I was wondering what those that have been searching for a pocket pc based logging system thought about this info and if anyone had any input.

I cant afford to buy nor do I need to buy dsmlink, which to my knowledge isnt useable with pocketpc anyways. Again, to reiterate what was previously stated, I am trying to steer away from my palm because I have something better (ipaq) and just personnal preference. Any input or insight is greatly appreciated!

Sorry to talk so much, I just ahve spent a lot of time researching this and wanted to see what some of you guys thought! Thanks!

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Old 01-15-2004, 11:50 AM   #2
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Whoa how did I overlook this!?@# Must not have enough coffee in the system.

At any rate, this is good research and I appreciate it.

I am a longtime OBD-2 Pocketlogger user on my old crusty Handspring Visor, Palm OS 3.5 something, good ol' greyscale!

If there's a way to hack stuff onto my Ipaq that would be cool. More memory, bright screen, etc. So I definitely hear ya there. But that isn't really possible I think because it's not written for the Pocket PC OS.

Thanks for the post, that's good forward thinking.
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Old 01-20-2004, 08:49 AM   #3
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Definately would like to use my ipaq as a pocketlogger. I currently use it as a GPS device in my car and it works great, it's mounted on the windshield, neatly. If I could just add Datalogging to it, I'd be set.
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Old 01-20-2004, 09:12 AM   #4
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Cool

WOW guys, thanks for the compliments on the continuing research.

I am still looking into the software aspect, as that seams to be the only weak link in stopping a dsm owner from using his pocket pc (IPAQ or whatever platform you're going to use) as a datalogger.

I'm currently talking to Digimoto about a variant of their current software that they are supposedly developing for pocket pc platforms. Hopefull I will have more info and some updates on it ASAP. It could end up being $100 or less for the software and cables

Thanks again guys and I'll keep the posts coming as I get more info now that I know people are actually wanting something like I do for my Ipaq and DSM!

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Old 01-20-2004, 01:19 PM   #5
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Yeah definately let us know. I would really be interested in getting one for my ipaq. I don't like palm's and i don't own one, so for me to datalog, I need to purchase a pda and the cable, that's almost 200 bucks.
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