Back in January of this year, we reported on a Tweet from Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk, which suggested that the electric-carmaker was working on the development of a metal, “snake-like” automated charger. As it was advertised, Tesla Motors’ “solid metal snake” would be capable of locating and coupling with the charging port on any Tesla Motors vehicle, starting the recharge process without any input from the user.
Previously, whenever we’d thought of Tesla Motors‘ proposed “solid metal snake,” we of course thought of the character Solid Snake from the Metal Gear Solid video game franchise. Naturally. But after watching the video below, that image has been promptly purged from our minds, hostilely replaced by the indefinable horror of watching a disturbingly lifelike metal python forcibly penetrating an unsuspecting car.
(Uncanny valley – n. the hypothesis that as mechanical objects attain characteristics approximate but not equal to those of living beings, it’s creepy as all heck)
Still, regardless of our revulsion toward the unholy Tim-Burton-meets-Pixar prototype abomination unto God shown in the clip, it’s a remarkable bit of engineering – and far more impressive, we’d say, than Volkswagen’s robotic arm automated charger prototype revealed late last month. The only difference is we’d gladly invite that one into our homes.