They are easy to spot, seemingly everywhere.Just ask anyone holding mobile phone how many pokemon they’ve caught and the answer is something like this:“I got more than a hundred creatures now, and my favorite is Pikachu.”
Pikachu was caught under this tree on the campus of the University of Southern California.It is one of the most popular pokemons.
Players can catch, train and battle other creatures in this mobile game using augmented reality.The game uses a real world map and superimposes virtual cartoon images to the physical world.
Players say there are unexpected benefits from playing the game.“You need to walk a lot, so it actually helps you to walk and explore the surroundings you maybe haven’t explored before.I actually plan to go to Santa Monica this weekend with my friend because I’ve heard that there are a lot of creatures like special creatures there.”
At Santa Monica Pier, VOA caught plenty of players catching Pokemons.“It’s cool.”“Glad I’m like he likes it, and you know we used to hang out and do this.”
“It allows you to meet new people, like I just met him today just about less than an hour ago.”
“As much fun as it is for people to play this game and even take a picture with it and send the picture of pokemon to friends,for some people, there are some side effects to play this game and it’s making the news.
Two players being robbed, the game has an unintended consequences.
“We love to embrace what’s next, but we don’t always think before we jump, and I think that part of the power of these digital capabilities, both virtual and augmented reality, are so compelling — or they can be so compelling in some cases — that they are addictive, and they do cause you to behave in ways that you wouldn’t normally do.”
Todd Richmond and his team have been researching virtual and augmented reality years before they were made public.
He says while still in its infancy, augmented reality will eventually touch every aspect of life.
“AR is about bringing digital things into your physical space, and it’s still your physical space, so that’s a transaction that is a lot easier I think for humans to process,but it’s also potentially a lot more dangerous because now you have the possibility of feeding ads to everyone everywhere.”
Richmond says augmented reality can enrich life, but he warned: Any new technology can also be exploited.
Elizabeth Lee, VOA NEWS, LOS ANGELES.