Today is our final 2007 Holiday Sweepstakes, and we hope you've enjoyed what we've had to offer so far. We think today's prize, however, is the biggest one under the tree. One randomly selected commenter on this post will receive a DashDAQ Series II valued at $695! This open source computer for you car can do almost anything. Out of the box it can display a gauge cluster in a variety of skins, show and clear diagnostic codes, and pull up data points from any of your car's sensors. But it's open
Last year at the 2006 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, we reported on a unique piece of hardware called the DashDAQ. It looks like a third-party sat nav, but it's actually an open source Linux-based computer that suction cups to your windshield. Commenters at the time went ga-ga over what could be done with the DashDAQ after plugging it into their OBD-II port. Unbeknownst to us, the company was listening and returned to SEMA in 2007 with the actual product that just went on sale a couple weeks ago.
We're kicking ourselves because we didn't get a chance to play with the DashDaq onboard computer at SEMA last week where it won a Best New International Product Award. Actually, to call it an onboard computer is generalizing its capabilities a bit too much. The small handhelt unit plugs into your vehicle's OBD-II port and can be used for data acquisition, diagnostics, as an extra set of gauges and as a good old fashioned handheld computer. The secret to this little guy's high must-have quotient