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Two new videos, A Crystal Watch and an OBD-II Display

Here are two new videos. 

First up, the Phosphor Appear Swarovski Crystal Watch. Not the typical type of thing that I make a video about, as it doesn't have a lot of functions. It can either tell the time or not tell the time and that's it. What it does have though, is an interesting time-telling mechanism.

It can be purchased from here 

(although wait until 1st November for the price to drop by 20%)

Secondly we have something that's a bit more into my usual territory, and that is technology for technology's sake. This OBD-II LCD Display is the kind of thing that no one really needs to own, but it's pretty cool nonetheless. I know that people really like adding gadgets to their cars and this is one of the more potentially useful ones. It may even pay for itself eventualy, if it makes me drive more economically. I made a really annoying mistake whilst doing the voice over because my brain insisted on saying ODB instead of OBD (I must have dead-rapper-itis). I didn't feel in the mood to re-record the whole thing, so please transpose those two letters for me when you hear them. I've sacked the quality control team.

Again this came from Chinavasion here 

Chinavasion have been selling this since last year - but today it has also appeared on Dealextreme under the name V-Checker A301. Mine doesn't boot with a V-Checker splash screen - but it appears to be the same device. Here's the manual (for what it's worth).

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Reader Comments (7)

Hi there. I was just wondering how precise the watch is. A friend of mine went to Shanghai and he brought me back a "Rolex". It looked pretty nice but the time was off about 17 minutes a day :)

October 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWillydilly

Interestingly, there *is* an update file (v 3.40) available on the site, but there's no information on exactly how to update the thing. I hope the manufacturer can be convinced to include the option to switch to Imperial measurements...

October 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGlen Richards

@Willydilly - It's holding time fine - Phosphor watches are a reputable company that have been making e-ink watches for a few years now.

November 1, 2011 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

@Glen Richards Thanks for the info. I'm pretty sure that it's going to stay metric only, I'd imagine imperial support would be a non-trivial update.

November 1, 2011 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Is the speed displayed adjustable to show true speed, not what the car says its doing, which can be 10% out?

May 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPeter

Thanks for the video with the OBD display. Perfect! I bought it yesterday!
Can you give me a tip on how you installed it in your Smart?

Thank You

January 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKlaus

Hi there have been searching for some OBD devices and stumbled upon your old post. Just wondering how does it hold up over time? Is it durable?

February 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterOi

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