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Here comes Tesla with the gift you never knew you wanted (or don’t really want, but hey, you know what they say about looking a gift in the mouth). Last Christmas, it gave its cars the ability to fart and bleat like goats. Apparently Tesla felt more generous this year and decided that everyone needed a feature to turn their cars into light show machines.
As part of his latest holiday update Released on Christmas Eve, Tesla debuted “Tesla Light Show”, which allows users to create their own light shows to any music of their choice. To create a light show, which can last up to five minutes, users need to download xLights, a free open source software. After finishing their light show in xLights, users can put it on a USB and upload it to their car.
They can even download light shows from other makers, the automaker said in a blog announce the feature.
Light Show will work with 2021 Tesla Model S and Model X cars, as well as any Model 3 or Model Y. However, you don’t need to own a Tesla car to use the light show feature or xLights, the company explained, although it unspecified what other vehicles could benefit from the feature.
Since I haven’t been to a concert for a while due to the pandemic, which is usually the only place I see light shows, it was a little hard to imagine this feature in action. Fortunately, Tesla teamed up with Santa — or possibly CEO Elon Musk in a Santa suit — to create an Instagram sample.
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It’s not entirely clear whether Santa Claus in the video is Musk, although quite a few users on Instagram seemed to think so. While Musk’s character would be to do this, I have my doubts that he dances that well. Moreover, this seems like something he would happily share on Twitter, his favorite social media platform, but at the time of publishing this article, there was no post yet.
In addition to Light Show, Tesla’s holiday software update also included new games such as Sonic the Hedgehog, Sudoku and the multiplayer version of The Battle of Polytopia. The company also added TikTok to the car’s central touchscreen and debuted Boombox Megaphone, a feature that allows Tesla owners to project their voice using the car’s external speaker. among many others.
Honestly, while the feature is available to everyone, it doesn’t really seem like anyone can create a light show. The guide to getting started with the software on GitHub is pages and pages long. Sure, the feature is nice and all, but I’m not sure I want to spend hours of my life doing a five-minute light show.
Nevertheless, I’m sure there are others out there who can really get a kick out of this and don’t mind putting in the time and effort. To those people: Merry Christmas.
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