Turn a Tesla Into a Pokémon Go Machine

What happens when you pair up the most buzz-worthy car with the most viral game? You get a giant Pokémon Go car that looks awesome and will help you catch them all.

Pokémon  Go Tesla
Pokémon Go Tesla

A guy named Jeff, an editor for Pink Java Media enjoys playing Pokémon Go so much that he threw a little caution to the wind and poked around with his Tesla until he got it to install the popular game, making the most creative use I’ve seen out of the Tesla’s 14 inch display with GPS and a camera built in. “It’s not perfect,” Jeff said. “The Tesla’s display cuts off some of the game; I haven’t been able to fix that.” Probably more challenging is that the built-in camera the Tesla provides is a back-up camera, intended for assisting with, well, backing up. This, of course, means that Jeff must put the car in reverse in order to catch Pokémon.

How Did He Do It?
According to Pink Java, Jeff completed this feat with “a little bit of luck, some old-fashioned ingenuity, and an ethernet cable”, but that’s all the detail provided. I guess we’ll have to wait for him to document the process and just catch Pokémon with our phones like regular folk.

What is Pokémon Go?
Pink Java does a great job of summarising the game in their own article about Jeff’s adventure:

Pokemon GO is a smartphone game in which players chase and capture virtual creatures using geolocation. The phone’s camera makes it seem like these fanciful beasts are right there with the player in the real world, with different creatures appearing in different places.

When asked what Jeff had in mind next for his Tesla, he responded, “Tinder,” he said with a smile. “Going to see if I can swipe right with my turn signal.” I’d like to see how that works out. What would you like to see Jeff hack into his Tesla?

Author: Joe Colburn

Joe Colburn is a software engineer specializing in PHP and a technology enthusiast. Always eager to dive into new and exciting things, Joe writes about anything technology related news and products that he thinks you will also be excited about. Find Joe Colburn on Google+ or by any of the links below.

16 thoughts on “Turn a Tesla Into a Pokémon Go Machine”

  1. That’s pretty amazing. He’s catching Pokemon while driving? Now that’s even great! I want to be the very best so I gotta catch them all! :)

  2. I had not seen that coming when I googled Tesla and Pokemon… It could be very interesting if you could combine the autopilot with pokemon, so that the autopilot drove after them automatically… I see potential but also danger:-)

  3. Hello Joe,

    This is actually awesome, I played Pokemon go for a couple of weeks, but this creation is great. I can’t wait to see his full report on how he created that.

    I will always be amazed by what people create!

  4. WOW! That was just what I needed to read tonight, thank you! In fact I’m going to add this to my Facebook feed as well. lol Pokemon is fun, but not sure that I’d ever go to such extremes.

    Loved the fact that he did though! What a fun, good read. Thanks!

  5. Pokemon go has been the most addictive recreation I’ve ever played. I’m taking part in each bit of the game although. Tesla can be changed into it? Like surely?

  6. hello
    i tried to convert Tesla Into a Pokémon
    but failed many times can you guide me properly
    i am waiting and ans me by yes or no.

  7. That’s pretty amazing. He’s catching Pokemon while driving? Now that’s even great! I want to be the very best so I gotta catch them all! :)

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