wearable computing meets the electric carToday's version of future shock is brought to you buy a San Jose-based app developer that's making a Tesla app for the Google Glass "wearable computer" product that's in the works. Sahas Katta's Glass Tesla lets the Tesla Model S owner remotely control the car's climate, lock and unlock the doors, start and stop electric charging and even honk the horn. Google says many of its Glass features are voice controlled, though Katta says the Tesla controls can be enacted from the bridge of the user's nose. Because that's what the world needs now.

Katta built his Tesla Glass app after poking around in the official Android Tesla app code and can now provide vehicle charging status and control, remote lock and unlock, locate your Model S and "even honk the horns or flash the headlights if you still can't spot it," Katta wrote on the Model S forum. You can see Katta driving around in a Model S while wearing Google Glasses in the video below.

As cool as all this is, the automaker's got bigger fish to fry these days. Tesla has been trying to get state and federal governments to allow for direct automaker-to-customer sales in various courtrooms and last week got the 100,000th signature on a fan-created White House petition. We're all waiting for an official Obama Administration response on that.



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      TheInsurgent
      • 2 Years Ago
      Similar to the recreational sport of watching grass grow, one can now watch their car charge. Fun!
      Naturenut99
      • 2 Years Ago
      Lots of good info in that one small alert box.
      VL00
      • 2 Years Ago
      The charge rate of the car is COMPLETELY controllable by the driver. 10 Amps? 30 Amps? Take your pick
      Spec
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wonder if most Tesla buyers have space in their main panels for a 60 Amp circuit?
        Spec
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Spec
        Well . . . it is not just the physical space. Do they have enough current to support adding a 60 amp breaker to what is already there? I guess it is not big deal if you have a modern house with 200 Amp or higher service. But if you have a 100 Amp panel, that is a lot to add.
        m_2012
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Spec
        If you have a $60K car, you likely have a 200 amp panel. Or can write the rather insignificant check, which you write off, to have one installed. 100 amp would likely be OK since you would charge at night while current draw is maybe a few amps.
        raktmn
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Spec
        Depending on their drop, a small dedicated sub-panel can be installed if the problem is just that all of the circuit slots in the main panel are full.
        Ashton
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Spec
        ...It only takes up 2 breaker spots...so I'd imagine 99% of the people have enough room.
      Lachmund
      • 2 Years Ago
      FU google thanks
      edward.stallings
      • 2 Years Ago
      One thing that Tesla should have is a warning system to let you know when you are close to exceeding your ability to get back home so you know when your 150 mile leash is getting near the end. I'm still wondering why these cars sell in California when you can't even make it from LA to San Francisco.... I guess PT Barnum was right...
        Grendal
        • 2 Years Ago
        @edward.stallings
        Same old FUD from edward.stallings. He must carry a extra can of gas in his regular ICE since he seems so afraid of running out of fuel. He probably carries a backpack full of food too just in case of a zombie apocalypse. By the way, the Superchargers between SF and LA are already open so you can make that trip in almost the same time as a gas car. The upside is that the trip costs you $0.00 using those Superchargers, whereas a gas car would be $40 to $50 depending upon your mileage.
        VL00
        • 2 Years Ago
        @edward.stallings
        Uhh, you realize there are level 2 charging stations all over the place in CA, right?
        ravenosa
        • 2 Years Ago
        @edward.stallings
        How many people do you know that commute from LA to San Francisco? When I go to LA I fly, without PT Barnum. If I had a Tesla, I'd use the superchargers and save quite a bit on gas. My friend runs a towncar business and is slowly moving to Teslas. No gas costs, almost zero maintenance costs, and his customers love riding in them. And no, he doesn't do airport rides from LA to SF. Maybe you can relate to PT more than you think...
        Nick Kordich
        • 2 Years Ago
        @edward.stallings
        edward.stallings wrote: "I guess PT Barnum was right..." P.T. Barnum wrote: "The public is wiser than many imagine." You may be thinking of the quote, "There's a sucker born every minute." P.T. Barnum never said it. Or rather, he quoted/accused someone else of saying it of customers to his exhibition of a (fake) petrified giant. Barnum was a showman, but if you actually read his book on rules for making money, you'll find he repeatedly makes the point of the necessity of offering a quality product to obtain repeat customers.
        bluepongo1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @edward.stallings
        Edward..stalled... the same dead horse beaten to a pulp, can't figure out that 20,000+ happy customers can plan charging and battery swaps. Enjoy your pollution bubble and getting gouged on gas... at least I'll never have to interact with you at a Supercharger. :-)
      Stang70Fastback
      • 2 Years Ago
      For all the people groaning and whining about all this stuff, you have to admit it's fun to watch how quickly we are approaching that high-tech future. In just the past few years we've gotten an all-electric car with decent range, that silently whizzes along with a HUGE touch-screen based display and instrument cluster. That alone is just damned cool, regardless of what you think of electric cars in general. Couple that with the fact that people can now walk around with heads up displays that are now getting close to being almost invisible to passers-by. And if that wasn't cool enough, now you can use the two together. I can't wait to see how all this technology interacts just ten years from now.
      raktmn
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good for finding your car when you are too drunk to remember where you parked. Nice.
        Naturenut99
        • 2 Years Ago
        @raktmn
        I already had to use that feature in another app. It's a handy feature when your in an area your not familiar with. We don't always park next door to where we are going. Since it already knows what charger your using, all it's doing is placing it on a map. Which most apps have a map feature any more.
      car czar
      • 2 Years Ago
      These are the apps I imagined would be good for Google Glass. I wonder if it would alert you if someone unplugged your car?
      Ryth
      • 2 Years Ago
      Google glass will fail badly minus a niche market.
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