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Tesla Tattler Available

Discussion in 'Roadster: Technical' started by scott451, Oct 17, 2011.

  1. scott451

    scott451 KWH-PWR#1349Sprt,S Sig#96

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    #1 scott451, Oct 17, 2011
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    I'm happy to announce, I'm taking orders now for the next batch of tattlers. I expect to ship the first 10-20 this month and the remainder in November. USA and Canada only for now.

    The Tattler is not an iPhone or Android app. It's hardware, a small Linux box with a cellular modem. It is connected to the roadster diagnostic connector. It uses simple SMS text messages for status and control and should work with any SMS (text message) capable phone. The tattler can be user installed behind the passenger seat or professionally installed underneath the driver door jam.

    Price: $499 + s/h

    I would prefer to pre-activate the tattler on AT&T or T-Mobile so I can confirm that everything is working properly.

    The following plans are available from the carriers:

    AT&T
    $25 Activation
    $20 unlimited SMS
    $10 1000SMS/mo
    $5 200SMS/mo

    T-Mobile
    $10 Activation
    $15 unlimited SMS T-mobile
    $10 1000 SMS/mo T-mobile

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    Here are some of the supported features:
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    An installation video can be found here: http://youtu.be/0kZcToGwvZA

    The command structure is designed to be simple and SMS/T9 friendly. E.g. "charge stop" and "stop charge" are the same.

    Attached below are pictures from the various commands. Commands are in green, car responses are in gray. (this is not an iPhone app, it works on any phone that can send text messages).

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    Yes. It should work with any SMS text capable phone.

    Yes. It should work with any SMS text capable phone.

    Yes. It should work with any SMS text capable phone.

    No. The tattler is not an app. It will work with any Android based phone. It should work with any SMS text capable phone.



    You can use your Verizon/Sprint phone to control the tatter. But, No the tattler modem must be activated on GSM network (AT&T or T-Mobile). I am working on porting the Gobi API (linux) to the tattler, but Verizon/Sprint support will have to come at a later date... Sorry.

    Yes. If you send me your SIM card, I will install it and confirm it works with the tattler.

    Disclaimer: This device sends and receives CAN messages on the CAN0 bus using the diagnostic connector of the Tesla Roadster. Because it uses the same diagnostic connector as the Tesla service technicians, you should shutdown and disconnect your tattler before bringing it in for service. Tattler Solutions, LLC is not affiliated with Tesla Motors, Inc. I don't work for Tesla, nor have any friends that do. I'm just passionate about Tesla's products and understanding how they work. The Tattler is the result of my own analysis of my 2008 & 2011 roadsters and discussions with (and CAN data from) other owners.
     

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  2. Doug_G

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    Scott deserves a lot of thanks for building this very useful gadget. He spent quite a bit of time on it.

    For Canadians looking for a phone plan, the least expensive option I could identify is the Rogers "Socialite 20" pay-as-you-go plan. It offers unlimited free texting (within Canada) and costs $20 a month.

    Since it's pay-as-you-go you won't have to pay while the car is in winter Storage Mode.

    There are slightly cheaper plans here and there, but they charge per text and I figured that with modest usage the Rogers plan would be cheaper.
     
  3. bonnie

    bonnie Oil is for sissies.

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    Reserved. And a huge THANK YOU to Scott for creating this for the Roadster community.
     
  4. AnOutsider

    AnOutsider S532 # XS27

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    I don't even have a Roadster Scott, but kudos to you for such an undertaking!
     
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    #5 hcsharp, Oct 17, 2011
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    Scott,

    I see that you live where it's warm year-round. Will the cool-down command also warm the car up? For about 5 months of the year we have to plug the Roadster in about an hour before driving to warm-up the battery.
     
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    Thanks Scott, can't wait to try it out!
     
  7. strider

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    I'm in. Most interested in the cooldown feature as I'm on a TOU meter but want to take care of my batteries.
     
  8. richkae

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    Stupid question:
    I'm on T-mobile with a family plan, can I just walk in with my old RAZR and get them to activate it as another line on my family plan, and then pull the SIM card out and put it in the Tattler?
     
  9. felixtb

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    fantastic scott! great work,

    I hope you will be selling it on our side of the pond soon enough.
     
  10. scott451

    scott451 KWH-PWR#1349Sprt,S Sig#96

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    Yes. If you send me your SIM, I will install it and confirm it works with the tattler.
     
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    scott451 KWH-PWR#1349Sprt,S Sig#96

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    Cooldown doesn't heat the battery. I'll add a HEAT command to the new features list.
     
  12. AndrewBissell

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    Thanks for both developing the Tesla Tattler and making it available.

    When might you allow it to be sold/used in Europe?
     
  13. scott451

    scott451 KWH-PWR#1349Sprt,S Sig#96

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    Probably December. I want to build up a decent user support base before I ship outside of the US. I'm only one person and I have a fun but busy day job, so the Tattler has to be self supported by the users. With Tom and Doug_G on board as beta testers, this shouldn't be a problem.
     
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    That's great. Thanks
     
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    So is there going to be a Tattler subforum here on TMC for these kinds of support questions, FAQ posting, etc?
     
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    scott451 KWH-PWR#1349Sprt,S Sig#96

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    Yes. This thread will become the FAQ thread, as I will update post #1 with FAQs until it gets too big for a post. There will be a support thread where post #1 will collect the progress of releases and feature requests. I do this so that noobies can read the first post and have the most current info without lurking through 50+ pages of chatter :smile:
     
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    Hello Scott am I correct the Tesla Tatler is only for I-phone at the moment and not for a Driod X? While I would love the application I do not have an i-Phone. Thank you
     
  18. shark2k

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    Read the first post that Scott made in this thread. This is not an app for the phone. It uses standard text messaging to control. If you text with your phone you can use this.

    -Shark2k
     
  19. scott451

    scott451 KWH-PWR#1349Sprt,S Sig#96

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    No. The tattler is not an app. It will work with any Android based phone. It should work with any SMS text capable phone.
     
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    So sorry for not reading from the beginning. My bad.

    This would make a good Christmas gift. It looks like the box is $499 and then on T-Mobil then $10/month with a $10 activation.

    Good work Scott.
     

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