Does mega societal innovator Elon Musk have an itch to re-invent another new industry?
Tesla Motors appears at Wearable Technologies Conference
Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) recently raised eyebrows when the electric car company appeared at a Wearable Technologies Conference in San Francisco. “Among the tech companies you might expect to see at the WT Conference in San Francisco, like Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) (NASDAQ:GOOG), 3M Synopsys, is a company that seemed out of place: Tesla,” the SFGate web site recently reported.
Elon Musk has stated numerous times he has no interest in putting further projects on his plate, although he did outline plans for a high speed rail system to connect San Francisco and Los Angeles. (This might have had somewhat selfish motives as Tesla is headquartered in the Northern California city while another of his innovations, SpaceEx, is headquartered in Los Angeles and he is known to travel back and forth a fair amount of the time.)
Tesla promoting Model S
The electric car maker was at the conference ostensibly promoting its Model S to conference attendees, so it’s plausible that Tesla was just trying to drum up interest for the vehicle, the report noted. But such an event with a narrow target audience can surely be reached through more cost effective means that exhibiting at a conference, one might think.
The report notes that automakers such as Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F), General Motors Company (NYSE:GM), and Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) have been exploring ways to integrate smartphones with the in-car experience, such as Internet search, music streaming, and GPS directions. Could integration with the car be that far off? Further, the report notes there are also plenty of apps that allow drivers to remotely start cars and lock/unlock doors. Perhaps a suit could either raise or lower the body temperature of whoever is wearing the item using Tesla batteries or solar panels as the key point of integration.
Wearable technologies is just another term for smaller mobile devices worn on the body, the report notes. So if you can use your smartphone to turn on your car, why can’t you do the same thing with the latest wearables?
Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) might be trying to figure that one out.