TECHNOLOGY: Pokémon Go explained

Pokémon Go is causing a stir all over the world so we thought we would give you the low down on this latest craze.
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James Stoner

A spin off of the late 90’s card game, Pokémon Go is an augmented reality game where players are tasked with spotting and catching those same animals in their real world surroundings.

The app films your setting via your phone’s camera and the Pokémon characters then appear in various places depending on the time and your location.

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Your phone alerts you when you come into an area near a Pokémon by vibrating and when you spot it you throw a Poké Ball to capture it, the aim of the game being to catch them all.

This new augmented reality technology blurs the line between what is real and what is computer generated.

Similar to virtual reality, which creates immersive, computer-generated environments, augmented reality adds graphics and sounds to the real world as it exists.

Although, due to unprecedented popularity in the US, Australia and New Zealand, the games release was originally delayed in the UK, the craze has now hit our British shores.

You have been warned!

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