On July 1, a self-proclaimed aspiring tech evangelist from
, an application for
) Glass that allows
) Model S drivers to control and analyze their vehicles.
Sahas Katta's app can manage the climate of the Model S, lock and
unlock doors, open the sunroof, locate and track the vehicle, start
and stop charging, and display gas mileage.
There were 62 users of Glass Tesla as of July 11, and Katta, 24,
tells Minyanville that several Google execs are taking advantage of
his latest project.
Take a look at the app in action and you'll understand why Google's
higher-ups are keeping an eye on the young developer:
In the video, Katta refers to his app as a weekend project, but in
fairness, it was more like a long weekend.
"I had an opportunity to get my hands on Google Glass about two
months ago and happened to know someone who had a Tesla Model S.
The idea popped into my head over a month ago. I finally got around
to building the app. It took about three and a half days," Katta
told Minyanville via email.
Speedy craftsmanship aside, the benefits of such an application are
On a hot or cold day, app users can can start adjusting the car's
temperature long before even reaching for the keys. Doors
mistakenly left unlocked will be a thing of the past. Forgetting
where the car is parked and worrying over teens arriving safely at
their destination will happen no more. Additionally, Katta notes
that drivers can use Glass Tesla to find the cheapest times to
charge their cars. Since charging costs differ throughout the day,
ent could result in savings on energy costs.
It should be noted that Tesla offers a very similar app for
) and Android devices, though the Android model is in beta. This,
of course, raises the question, what, if any, advantages does Glass
offer that smartphones can't?
"I'm very much convinced that driving with Glass is significantly
safer than touching a smartphone," says Katta, "You can reply with
your voice without having to lift a finger. You'll never have to
take your hands off the wheel, move your head, or take your eyes
off the road."
The question of safety when driving with Glass is still up for
debate. For now it remains legal, but last month West Virginia
Legislature Republican Gary G. Howell
proposed a bill
to ban the use of Google's eyewear while driving.
When not at the wheel, however, Glass still offers users the
ability to keep an eye on a primary task at hand, rather than a
hold a device in their hands.
Katta says there are nearly 100 apps already available for Glass
and he expects several hundred to be available at launch. Glass's
app offerings will be far more robust at launch than that of
Apple's iPhone, as Apple lacked an App Store until the launch of
the second-gen iPhone 3G in 2008. Google Glass may be made
available at a somewhat reasonable price, no less.
"The price is likely going to be under $500 from what I hear," says
Katta, and almost every analyst agrees that the retail price of
Glass will fall under the $1,500 price tag on the beta version,
though few specific estimates are available. (One group
a price tag of $299.) Adds Katta, "Just imagine being able to go
about your everyday life with access to unlimited information
without ever having to fully divert your attention for simple