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For other uses of the term, see Miles Electric (disambiguation).

The Miles Electric, also called the PAD, is an object that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is a multi-functional electronic handheld device created by Miles "Tails" Prower. Possessing many functions valuable to Tails, the Miles Electric serves as Tails and his allies' most frequently used gadget and tool.

Description

Appearance

The Miles Electric's appearance is that of a wide yellow rectangle, with two cyan-glowing antennas on top, a touchscreen in the middle and some directional pads beside the screen. In Sonic Unleashed, the Miles Electric had two handles on each side, relatively sharp corners, and a spiraling wire between the antennas. From Sonic Colors and onward however, the Miles Electric is smaller with only has one handle on the left side, rounder corners, and no spiraling wire between the antennas. It also no longer has buttons on the left side as it did in Sonic Unleashed.

While reconfigured into a Wisp translator, the device included a bulky black addition on its backside, complete with exposed red and blue wires. It also had a large, angled antenna on top, with an orange base and what appeared to be a translucent teal satellite dish. These additions were removed in subsequent games, however.

Functions

The screen of the Miles Electric, from the Wii version of Sonic Colors.

The Miles Electric is like an advanced hand-held computer. It possesses several functions, including video communication and radar operation for detecting hostile targets. It can as well interface with Tornado-1, essentially turning it into a control panel for the bi-plane. It can as well scan objects to analyze their properties. It is also capable of simpler computer functions, such as playing videos, file handling, menu operations, window operations and has even a help section.

Later on, Tails upgraded the Miles Electric into an alien translator, allowing it to translate Wisp language, albeit only into binary code, meaning only Tails could read it (on the Wii version of Sonic Colors, it initially had a few bugs that resulted in mistranslations, though Tails eventually fixed it).

Game appearances

Sonic Unleashed

Tails holding the Miles Electric, from the Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 version of Sonic Unleashed.

The Miles Electric was first seen in Sonic Unleashed. Whenever Tails appeared in the game's Town Stages, he could be seen fiddling with the Miles Electric. When Sonic and Chip had restored the first continent, Tails used the Miles Electric to show Sonic and Chip an image of the entire planet when Mazuri's continent was rejoining the planet.

Aside from the story, the Miles Electric would appear on some of the loading screens in the Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 version of Sonic Unleashed, where it gives out tips, gameplay controls, maps of the Town Stages, and sometimes boot up when going to different parts of a Town Stage and after ending some Stages.

Sonic Colors

Tails with the modified Miles Electric, from the Wii version of Sonic Colors.

In both the Wii version and Nintendo DS version of Sonic Colors, Tails attempted to create a translation module so that he and Sonic could understand the language of the Wisps.[1] The device itself seems to have been given some slight aesthetic changes as well, with only one black handle on the left and its corners are slightly round in shape.

In the Wii version, it initially made several comical translation errors[2] and was not perfected until the end of the incident,[3] whereas in the Nintendo DS version, the translator worked perfectly from the start.

Sonic Generations

Tails with his Miles Electric in the Tornado-1, from the console/PC version of Sonic Generations.

In the console/PC version of Sonic Generations, the Miles Electric can be seen on Tails' Tornado-1 in one of the Challenge Acts.

Sonic Lost World

In the Wii U version, PC version and Nintendo 3DS version of Sonic Lost World, Sonic and Tails have one Miles Electric, while Amy and Knuckles have another to contact them from Sonic's world. When Sonic manages to find out the Capsule that Eggman has been carrying at the beginning of the story, Amy contacts him and asks him to save the rest of the Animals.

Amy with the Miles Electric, from the Wii U version of Sonic Lost World.

Throughout the game, Tails would carry and analyze Zeti powers with Miles Electric before being kidnapped by the Deadly Six. Amy also contacted to Sonic with Miles Electric two times, telling him about the Extractor's impact on the world. When Sonic tried to contact them a third time at Lava Mountain, he was unable to get any signal from Amy and Knuckles and believed to have lost them. The Miles Electric is also seen at the bottom right of the loading screen after completing a Zone, though only in the Wii U/PC version of the game.

Sonic Forces

In Sonic Forces, Tails attempted to use the Miles Electric to analyze Infinite during his first battle with Sonic. However, the device could not make any sense of the readings it got from Infinite, and Sonic was ultimately defeated before the device could get a more accurate reading.

In other media

Archie Comics

Chip with the Miles Electric, from Sonic the Hedgehog #272.

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics, the Miles Electric first appeared in the altered reality of the Prime Zone during the Worlds Collide crossover, where Tails used it to hack the teleporter to the Wily Egg.

After the Genesis Wave rewrote history, the Miles Electric became a standard tool of the Freedom Fighters and their allies.

IDW Publishing

Main article: Miles Electric (IDW)

Sonic with the Miles Electric, from Sonic the Hedgehog #7.

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by IDW Publishing, the Miles Electric is a computer-based tool used by Tails and his allies. Its history is virtually identical to its game counterpart's, up until after the events of Sonic Forces. In this media, Tails has upgraded it with a universal wi-fi that allows it to access any computer instantly.

Sonic the Hedgehog (film)

Tails using a one-handed version of the device, from the Sonic the Hedgehog film.

In the Sonic the Hedgehog film, Tails uses a one-handed version of the Miles Electric.[4]

Merchandise

The Jazwares Miles Electric with Tails.

An accessory of the Sonic Colors Miles Electric was made by Jazwares along with a Tails action figure.

Trivia

  • Earlier in the story of the Wii version of Sonic Colors, Tails claimed that the translator decoded the Wisp language in binary,[5] but in the final cutscene where a full view of the Miles Electric's screen can be seen, the translation was shown to be decoded in hexadecimal (ASCII code). This may be a result of Tails finally perfecting it, but this was never explained.
    • Additionally, the first two lines of hex translate exactly to what Yacker was saying ("Thank you for saving us.") while the bottom display decoded reads, "If you can read this, you are a geek".
  • While it does not physically appear, Tails mentions the Miles Electric by name at one point in LEGO Dimensions.

References

  1. Sonic Team (16 November 2010). Sonic Colors. Wii. Sega. Area/Level: Tropical Resort. Cutscene: Movie No. 2. "Tails: I was reconfiguring my hand-held into a translator so I can understand this guy."
  2. Sonic Team (16 November 2010). Sonic Colors. Wii. Sega. Area/level: Tropical Resort. Cutscene: Movie No. 4. "Tails: Okay, he says his name is "Talks a lot" and he's from a far away soda and where flowers water them with dances. / Sonic: Yeah, uh... I think your machine still has some bugs."
  3. Sonic Team (16 November 2010). Sonic Colors. Wii. Sega. Area/Level: Ending sequence. Cutscene: Movie No. 28. "Sonic: That thing's translating pretty good. / Tails: Yup, I finally got all the kinks out. We can talk to them perfectly now."
  4. Tyson Hesse on Twitter (4 April 2020). Retrieved on 4 April 2020. "I just helped with his design, and turned his tracker into a one-handed Miles Electric."
  5. Sonic Team (16 November 2010). Sonic Colors. Wii. Sega. Area/Level: Tropical Resort. Cutscene: Movie No. 4. "Tails: It's in binary code, so only I can read it."
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