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Then & Now : the original Beta Interface

Discussion in 'Model S: User Interface' started by Zextraterrestrial, Mar 29, 2013.

  1. Zextraterrestrial

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    What has changed?
    the blue colors are kind of nice with the white interior in the video
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    this was from the 2011 vimeo 'building the future' (Tesla Model S - Building The Future on Vimeo)

    motor temp + battery temp included
    16k - 18k rpm (probably not good for electronics/motor but it could probably do a little more)
    'standard mode' - what were the others they were considering, or just a change of layout for regen modes maybe
     
  2. NigelM

    NigelM Recovering Member

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    Mode note: Updated thread title for clarity. I got all excited when I saw "Beta Interface" as there's a few things being (have been) beta tested.
     
  3. Zextraterrestrial

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    :wink: thanks for the title fix I just re- watched that video and kinda like the blue - although the current display is nice looking I wish it had battery % and the temps of the batt + motor

    other thing
    regen only shows to 50kW on the old
     
  4. AnOutsider

    AnOutsider S532 # XS27

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    I think the current display is actually better. Simpler, easier to read. Perhaps all the extra stuff could be exposed through submenus, but less is more sometimes (especially when quickly glancing down for info)
     
  5. Lloyd

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    Kinda looks like the Rav 4 speedo with the Blue.

    RAV4-EV-Gear-Patrol-Speedometer.jpg
     
  6. kendallpb

    kendallpb Model S: P 8061

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    Interesting screenshot! I didn't watch the video (I skimmed around it but didn't find that picture), but from that screenshot and thinking about the interface now, this reminds me that (a) I wish it showed battery % (don't make me do math and guess) and (b) the speedometer is silly. The skewmorphic left side of the "dial" showing an old-fashioned dial of speeds is pointless--does anyone look at that and try to guesstimate their MPH? No, they look at the huge number that tells them how fast they're going. IMHO. ;-)

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    P.S. The temperature information is meaningless to me; unless it's clear what's a danger area, and then I prefer a pop-up/warning like I presume the Model S does now...?
     
  7. Trnsl8r

    Trnsl8r Blue 85kwh since 12/8/12

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    Holy crap what an abomination! They really came far since then. Love the current display, that old one looks horrendous. (channeling kinddog's style, but the opinion is mine)
     
  8. Zextraterrestrial

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    The only reason I'd want temps is when playing really hard so I know when things are warming (mainly the battery) and you might get some power limiting

    I agree. the new one is much nicer overall. I think I just like the blue colors a little

    & there is no reason to have a 'needle' for speed just a # would have less clutter overall -BUT then you couldn't have the cruise control setting indicator
     
  9. SuperCoug

    SuperCoug Model S Res #7734

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    I also like the current display MUCH better but this old Beta could actually give us a glimpse of some of the other future possibilities to come. In that original launch video where the guy gets out of the Frunk I believe Elon said that they wanted to give owners the option of a new dashboard config every year so they don't get bored with their cars. This would ensure the car felt fresh and new. Although I seriously doubt I would take advantage of the new downloadable "skins" for the dashboard I am very curious what they might look like.

    I can already picture a new POLL on the site next year: "Which Gauge Cluster Do You Prefer?" I'm excited for all the future possibilities!
     
  10. gg_got_a_tesla

    gg_got_a_tesla Model S: VIN P65513, Model 3 Res Holder

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    To split hairs, that dash display was from the original "Alpha" when it was revealed in March 2009 (it's been 4 years already?! :)).

    The Beta was revealed in October 2011 when some of us got to go to the factory and get test rides; the interface in that beta is pretty much what we have today in production but for a few tweaks here and there. The one thing that we lost going from the true Beta to production is this energy display on the main screen that we have discussed before:

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    (Credit: member Charged_Up: My Gallery of the Model S Beta (from Dania Beach, FL)))
     
  11. ElSupreme

    ElSupreme Model S 03182

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    I agree on the screen shot being pretty horrible.

    One thing I get a little irritated about is the log scale on the speed analog dial on the current setup. I am sure it is so it mirrors the log scale on the power side (which I think I like) but it always seems like my speed is 'almost full' at all times. Even having the speed just seems to be a symmetry thing for the power meter, with those huge digits in front of you.
     
  12. AnOutsider

    AnOutsider S532 # XS27

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    Also notice the Wifi and apps icons which are currently not present. Future update? :)
     
  13. gg_got_a_tesla

    gg_got_a_tesla Model S: VIN P65513, Model 3 Res Holder

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    I think they were just placeholders back then; demoware! :)
     
  14. spatterso911

    spatterso911 MSP#7577 **--** MX#1891

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    Kinda hoping we get that screen back in a future update...along with wifi and apps...
     
  15. Laumb

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    Cant help noticing the alpha says "Standard mode" and a max 200kw usage.
    The long awaited power-limit mode for winter/valet/kids/friends driving?
     
  16. TurboFroggy

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    Is it possible to see this power view in the current interface? I find it very difficult to tell how much power the HVAC is using.
     
  17. EarlyAdopter

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    The closest thing I've found is when sitting idle at a stoplight the kW meter needle will remain slightly elevated, bouncing around a little bit usually between 1 and 2kW, from the HVAC usage. Crank the heater up to max and you can really see the needle move up, up to around 5kWh.
     

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