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Tesla's Model S prototype charger is downright creepy

By Shawn Knight
Aug 6, 2015
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  1. If you’re deathly afraid of snakes like I am, you’ll probably want to pass on Tesla’s prototype robotic charger. The snake-like device offers completely hands-free charging of a Model S but watching it slowly connect to the car left me wanting to turn away.

    As you can see, the charging neck stands straight up when not in use. Come charge time, simply park the Model S near the station and everything else happens automatically. The charger cover pops open and the creepy arm goes in for the kill.

    Tesla shared the video on YouTube earlier today. It’s unclear at this time if or when Elon Musk and company plan to roll out a consumer version.

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  2. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Evangelist Posts: 991   +90

    I'd say it was more worm or tentacle like than snake.
     
  3. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,149   +1,421

    That looks like an alien probing device.

    I bet it comes with an extra safety belt, like this one:

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  4. mantissteam

    mantissteam TS Rookie Posts: 34   +8

    Oh baby
     
  5. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,214   +1,240

    Relax guys it looks scary now but once the car is fully charged it becomes flaccid.
     
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  6. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,606   +287

    Because plugging it in by hand was such a tedious time consuming task.
     
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  7. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,181   +528

    Darn it, you beat me too it
     
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  8. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,536   +2,331

    Why 1%ers tentacle rape their luxury cars I'll never know.
     
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  9. Neojt

    Neojt TS Booster Posts: 166   +22

    @VitaliT
    that was my first tought!

    But on a serious side I think this would be nice if you can program Electricity off peek hours and the time it has to be ready for the morning and let it do its thing
     
  10. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,648   +521

    Common, that's not at all creepy, there's no sticky substance coating it, and most importantly there's only one, for true Hentai Tentacle action you need at least 4 tentacles, one simply wont cut it.

    Now Google Image search with safe search off "Hentai Tentacle", or don't, I'm just saying.
     
  11. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,606   +287

    Or just plug it in with a simple timer mechanism rather than an unnecessary tentacle appendage.
     
  12. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,750   +1,105

    Actually all that is programmed into the car. So you can plug it in at 4pm, but it won't start charging until 8pm or whenever you tell it so you can use cheap power.

    Thank you Tesla for bringing us the most entertaining story of the week. Too bad the 'power snake' wasn't enough to save the stock price this week. Investors seem to care more about how many cars they're making.
     
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  13. MannerMauler

    MannerMauler TS Booster Posts: 99   +18

    Robotics to the rescue again, saving lazy rich people from doing a extra task, giving bloggers something to write about, entertaining robotics fans, and many more.
     
  14. MannerMauler

    MannerMauler TS Booster Posts: 99   +18

    What is that thing?
     
  15. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,648   +521

    If you need to ask you don't want to know.
     
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  16. MannerMauler

    MannerMauler TS Booster Posts: 99   +18

    Ok......
     

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