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Turn a Tesla Into a Pokémon Go Machine

Posted in Automotive,Gaming,Just Cool by Joe Colburn on the August 1st, 2016

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?

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  1. justin said,

    on August 8th, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    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! :)
    justin´s last blog post ..Top 10 Cinematography Schools in The US

  2. Jakob Boman said,

    on August 11th, 2016 at 4:11 am

    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:-)
    Jakob Boman´s last blog post ..Motion på recept | din genvej til sundhed

  3. Abhi said,

    on August 26th, 2016 at 3:29 am

    This game is crazy man. I just loved it, and love to play all time.

  4. Tony said,

    on December 1st, 2016 at 10:07 am

    So said that he don’t reveal how he do that so we can follow the way.
    Tony´s last blog post ..How To Take A Screenshot On Windows Computers

  5. Rahul Jain said,

    on December 2nd, 2016 at 11:18 am

    Pokemon Go has been the most addictive game I’ve ever played. I’m enjoying every bit of the game though. Tesla can be turned into it? Like really?
    Rahul Jain´s last blog post ..How to Create Whatsapp Group Invitation Link

  6. on December 21st, 2016 at 10:36 am

    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!
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  7. Zaffar Ali said,

    on January 12th, 2017 at 2:58 am

    Nice little bit of trick there if you have a Tesla!!
    Zaffar Ali´s last blog post ..SSP Rao Anwar – Wall Against Criminals

  8. on June 3rd, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    I would love to get a “How To” play this game guide.

    Please can someone help me out.


  9. Bobbi said,

    on June 5th, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    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!
    Bobbi´s last blog post ..11 Best Laptop Brands for 2017 with Top Rated Models & Reviews

  10. jackij said,

    on July 10th, 2017 at 4:44 am

    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?

  11. Chris said,

    on July 13th, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    HAHAHAHHAHA this is so awesome
    Chris´s last blog post ..EB5投资移民临时绿卡,律师提醒新移民要及时申报海外资产

  12. Emalia said,

    on July 24th, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    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.

  13. on August 2nd, 2017 at 6:14 am

    Tesla… and Pokemon. Then Tinder. Will wonders never cease. What a great post- you made my morning!
    Laura @ GolferGurus´s last blog post ..Golf Tips: A Better Golf Game Starts With You

  14. Sophie Kaul said,

    on August 23rd, 2017 at 10:16 am

    I just love this game so freaking much. Although have not tried it with Telsla yet!

  15. mSpy said,

    on August 30th, 2017 at 4:21 am

    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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