easter egg in design studio

easter egg in design studio

I was checking out DS for the model S on my Iphone when a window popped up that said I had unlocked some hidden views. Sadly when I zoomed out to select I did something?? when I tried to double tap the car image again I got window that stated (ROUGHLY) THAT IT ONLY WORKED ONCE! Ugh.

Config was Sig Red with body roof and 19 wheels.

Brad Holt | October 3, 2011

Not sure what you did, but I haven't been able to recreate it. :(

Brian H | October 3, 2011

Heh. I betcha there's a dozen more.

Dogface | October 3, 2011

I had the exact same experience on my iPhone (3GS) the night the Model S DS went live. At the factory event I mentioned it to the people at the Design Studio kiosk outside the ride area. One of them had heard about issue, then he asked someone of authority in the area and he suspected it may be a carry-over from the Roadster DS.

Brian H | October 3, 2011

Programmers and designers of software are incurable about such things. They dislike the digital anonymity, so sneak in little insider tricks that only they know about. Which defeats the purpose, so a few near insiders are let in on it. Eventually they're all outed.

As long as it's just cutsey stuff, it's probably harmless. But it's the same tech as "back doors". Firms have been blackmailed by disgruntled ex-employees with such things. Publicity and prosecutions are extremely rare, for obvious reasons.

mwu | October 4, 2011

I figured it out (by looking at the code, lol). It's probably easier to accidentally trigger on the iPhone due to it's interface, but here's what you do:

On the iPhone -- using swipes and taps -- up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, then tap tap tap
On a desktop browser -- use your arrow keys -- up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, b, a, enter

It's the Konami code if you're familiar with it. It's a famous video game code used to unlock extra lives, hidden features, etc. They actually used Konami-js to add the functionality into the builder which is available at

mwu | October 4, 2011

I just checked -- the feature does exist and work on the roadster's design studio. On the Model S design studio it shows an extra view entry with a not found thumbnail which if you click on it, it loads the view of the S on the street.

They apparently didn't intend for the extra views easter egg to be available on the Model S design studio (yet?).

The work to add in extra views to the Roadster view involved some photography / artist work and likely was designed into the design studio rather than being a rogue programmer's work. My guess is that they forgot about that functionality when moving over to the Model S. Either that or they decided that the work to remove it then later add back in full functionality to the design studio was not worth the work for the few people who might stumble on it in the meantime.

My guess is the former rather than the latter -- a small easter egg gets lost in testing sometimes. In fact, that's my understanding of how the original Konami code got out to the public. Testers asked for help getting through a difficult game, so programmers addd it and then forgot to remove it after testing completed and it ended up in the final product.

Volker.Berlin | October 4, 2011

mwu, isn't javascript great? :-) Thanks for taking the time, great findings (and a very appropriate comment).

mwu | October 4, 2011

JS has it's quirkiness for sure, but I do like working with it. In fact, I'm working with another developer on an HTML5 based multiplayer game using websockets and canvas tag. Got a full collision detection system written in JS which is awesome.