About this project
The power of information in your hands.
Kiwi 3 is a plug and play automotive tool that connects to the onboard diagnostic port (OBDII / CAN), retrieves information from your car's computer, and wirelessly transmits to your smart phone, tablet, smart watch, or PC.
Compatible with 1996 and later vehicles Kiwi 3 monitors MPG, data log engine parameters, read/reset engine trouble codes, monitor real time engine performance, fuel efficiency, driving behavior and much more.
Easy as 1, 2
Kiwi 3 is the next generation of OBDII adapters and no longer requires cumbersome bluetooth pairing or wifi configurations. Simply, plug and launch the app. Kiwi 3 does the rest!
Engine Diagnosis and Monitoring
Depending on the vehicle, make and model, and app Kiwi 3 can report:
These are just some of the apps that have supported Kiwi 1 and 2. Part of this project will include reconnecting with app developers to build software to specifically support Kiwi 3.
Kiwi 3 is the first of its kind specifically designed for smartwatch wireless technology. These renders show just a few of the the possibilities Kiwi 3 creates. We're calling app developers to take advantage of this new connected vehicle technology.
Kiwi 3 is up to 4 times faster than the nearest competitor and uses ultra low power allowing you to leave your device installed permanently in your vehicle. Compatible with all standard OBDII protocols, Kiwi 3 installs in seconds. Firmware can be updated via Bluetooth and employs a nearly invisible design. When inserted into your OBDII port, Kiwi 3 sits just 0.68 inches thin making it the smallest and most discrete OBDII adapter.
Cross Platform Friendly
Kiwi 3 is the world's first true cross platform support compatible with iOS, Android, Windows, Mac, and Linux. Kiwi 3 allows for app developers to freely deploy without restrictions like the Apple Made for iPod (MFI) program. As a result, Kiwi3 is a simple and straight forward making it highly developer friendly.
*All cars and light trucks built and sold in the United States after January 1, 1996 were required to be OBD II equipped. Click here to see full details regarding OBD2 compliant vehicles.
Our close relationship with Silicon Valley wireless veterans ACKme Networks has allows us to deliver the latest in wireless connected technologies enabling Kiwi 3 to outperform the competition and deploy the world's most advanced OBDII wireless platform.
*Due to continuous product improvements, tech specs may differ slightly from actual delivered product.
Six years ago we introduced the Kiwi, the world’s first OBDII to smartphone dongle and the world took notice. Kiwi earned Popular Mechanics Editor's Choice Award for Outstanding Achievement in Product Design and Innovation, SEMA's Best New Mobile Electronic Product for 2010. We remain committed to delivering a world class OBDII interface and we're proud to introduce Kiwi 3.
Our Kickstarter History
Dimensions and Views
Kiwi 3 is patent pending.
Concept to Production
We're successfully fulfilled 4 past Kickstarter projects with our tried and true methods. We're confident that our manufacturing resources, connections, and infrastructure will be able to deliver Kiwi3 into your hands according to our delivery schedules.
Electronics Manufacturing and Assembly - Manufacturing the electronics requires a printed circuit board (PCB) made of fiberglass base board with copper interconnects. Kiwi 3's complex electronics requires that the PCB be manufactured with the tightest of tolerances to ensure reliable electrical connections between the dozens of components to be placed on it.
Plastic - Manufacturing the plastic components of Kiwi 3 requires a process called injection molding. High grade, impact resistant plastic will be used for all of Kiwi's case. Here are some pictures from our manufacturing partner in Asia who will be performing the injection molding for Kiwi 3's plastic components.
We have loved developing this technology and need your help for manufacturing, distribution, and to make this fantastic product a reality.
PLX Devices Inc. (USA)
For more than 12 years, PLX Devices has designed and developed award winning products in the automotive, and consumer electronics. All members of the PLX team share our passion for innovative and cutting edge technologies. We hope that all of our backers enjoy our creations as much as we enjoyed designing them. Please feel free to browse our website for other PLX products. www.plxdevices.com
Paul Lowchareonkul - Paul is the project leader and chief designer of the Kiwi 3. He has successfully taken over 35+ products to market for PLX Devices Inc. just in the last 12 years.
Kevin Kwong - Responsible for firmware and electronic components. His knowledge of embedded systems programming has played an important part in successfully bringing PLX products to market.
Anthony Chew - Responsible for manufacturing, testing, and quality. His knowledge and connections with suppliers makes him a key player to our team's ability to deliver products to market.
Ivana Trananovska - Responsible for the industrial design, and mechanical assembly. Her keen eye for stunning industrial design has been vital to PLX Devices' past project's visual appeal.
Patrick Launspach - Manages the social media and website content. His expertise in marketing plays a vital role for high performance product development.
Michael Sojda - Responsible for sales, distribution and overseeing the customer service department. His role has been essential to delivering the best user experience possible.
Risks and challenges
PLX Devices has been designing and successfully bringing products to market for over 12 years with a focus in automotive and consumer electronics. Kiwi 3 will be our 5th Kickstarter project. We're absolutely confident we can do the job.
Electrical Engineering - We don't expect any significant problems to arise as this has been our area of expertise for over a decade. If a problem were to arise, it would be in the assembly process of the electronics. Small components may not be soldered properly onto the printed circuit board thus creating unreliable electrical connections. This could potentially cause a few weeks of delay. To combat this, our electrical engineers will be working closely with our overseas partners to adhere to our strict quality standards.
Computer Engineering - We also don't expect any significant problems as this is also our area of expertise. If a problem were to arise, it would be in detecting bugs in the software code which could hinder Kiwi 3 from fully functioning. To combat this, a simple rewrite of the software code will solve any problems that may arise.
We already have our manufacturing all setup in some of the world's best factories which adhere to internationally recognized quality standards and procedures such as ISO9001, ISO/TS 16949, ISO 14000, TQM, SPC.
The prototypes are finished and we're ready to go into production. We need your help and we hope you'll join us.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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