August 03, 2016

And in today's news...

Pokemon Go has transcended the ordinary and become a phenomenon. Here's an example:

Kohei Uchimura is a top-bracket gymnast representing Japan at the Rio Olympics. He's been playing Pokemon Go in Brazil while waiting for the games to start, and has managed to rack up (I'm tempted to say "wrack up") a $5000 phone bill through roaming charges.

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The sad news for Nintendo fans is that the company will be seeing very little revenue from the franchise they created.  Right now, the projected income from Pokémon Go is so insignificant that Nintendo does not expect their financial estimates to change no matter how popular the game is.

Posted by: cxt217 at August 03, 2016 12:32 PM (TuhJ1)

2 This game stands a significant chance of getting augmented reality regulated to the point of a practical ban. Hordes of people wandering around looking at the world through their cell phone screen?
Imagine how many lethal accidents that's going to cause.

Posted by: Brett Bellmore at August 03, 2016 01:50 PM (l55xw)

3 Except they don't. Not only is the AR piece optional and frequently turned off to save battery life (the game has caused a real boom in external battery packs...), it only kicks in during the brief periods when you're actually "catching" a critter. The rest of the time, it's no worse than "walking while texting".


Posted by: J Greely at August 03, 2016 03:57 PM (ZlYZd)

4 J, however, running your GPS pretty much constantly will burn the battery, and even just having the screen backlight on continuously is a big power drain.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at August 03, 2016 05:12 PM (+rSRq)

5 ...hence the battery boom. There's someone on Etsy (actually, probably half a dozen someones, and a bunch more knockoffs on their way over from China right now) making custom pokeball cases for external battery packs, so you can chase pokemon in "style".


Posted by: J Greely at August 03, 2016 05:24 PM (ZlYZd)

Perhaps this will actually lead to extended life electric car batteries. What a Win!

Posted by: wahsatchmo at August 04, 2016 09:39 PM (eqmH4)


I doubt it will have any effect. The economic value of better batteries has been very, very clear for at least 40 years, and the chemists have been working hard on it.

The reason we haven't gotten the kind of improvement in batteries that we've gotten in semiconductors is that battery technology is fundamentally very difficult. It's going to take an entirely new technological approach, not merely a refinement of existing technology.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at August 04, 2016 09:57 PM (+rSRq)

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