If you’ve somehow managed to make it without hearing about Pokémon Go in the last week, well, I’m ruining that for you. It’s definitely a phenomenon, and there are interesting aspects to it that go well beyond a game based on a set of nostalgic characters.
Pokémon Go is an augmented reality game. You view the real world through your phone, looking to catch digital Pokémon characters that show up as you walk.
- Unlike most video and smartphone games, the phenomenally popular Pokémon Go, which has been downloaded by millions in the past week, requires the player to be active. The game uses map technology and local landmarks to make it seem as if mythical cartoon creatures are lurking in the real world all around you.
One of the beneficial upsides to the craze is not only do you have to get off the couch and go outside, kids of all ages are walking for miles each day. This silly game is getting people to move who might otherwise be largely sedentary (like a lot of gamers).
Of course, there are less-than-beneficial side effects. Reports of people wandering into oncoming traffic, bumping into others, and playing the game while driving have surfaced (the game stops working if you’re driving, fyi). One guy even got busted by his girlfriend, because the game’s geolocation revealed that he had been over at his ex-girlfriend’s house.
We’ll see how this craze plays out. But you can imagine the coming wave of interesting AR applications for all types of outdoor exercise.
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