What if you could enable Tesla’s “Insane Mode” from your shiny new Apple Watch?

We’re not there quite yet (the Apple Watch won’t even be available until April), but one developer has already created a working concept app that shows how you might soon remote-control a Tesla from your wrist.

Created by Ukraine-based developer Eleks, the prototype app shows how a user might be able to control some of the basic functions of a Tesla Model S from the touchscreen of the Apple Watch.

“[F]or simplification of prototyping we used an unofficial mocked-up Tesla back-end API, which is a reverse-engineered JSON API of the real Tesla API,” Eleks’ Markiyan Matsekh told Mashable. “We skipped the authentication module and just used the API.

“So to run the app on a real Tesla we only need to add authentication and redirect it to the real backend.”

Eleks used Apple’s WatchKit, which allows developers to create third-party apps for the forthcoming wearable device, to put together a Tesla-friendly app for the wearable device. But the company also says it found the WatchKit has serious limitations — including no access to the Apple Watch accelerometer and gyroscope, no access to the Taptic Engine and no access to the device’s built-in speaker or microphone.

On the project page for the app, the team voiced its frustrations with the limited functions: “We can now confidently say that creating anything really necessary and fully functional for Apple Watch with the current SDK version is very, very difficult, and many of the things promised at launch that were perfect for some business ideas are not at all available yet.” Read more…




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