Will playing Pokemon Go be the watershed moment for augmented reality?

Will playing Pokemon Go be the watershed moment for augmented reality?
Right into Weekend 1 with Pokemon Go, it started to feel like this might be the title which the augmented reality (AR) tech has been waiting for. The improbable combination of the beloved Pokemon characters superimposed on our real world by the groundbreaking AR technology of Niantic, also makers of Ingress, both struck a nostalgic nerve, and recruited new followers for the Pokemon franchise.

Thus, we are now having two or three generations hooked up to virtual characters interacting in the real world around us, to the extent that Niantic's servers got overwhelmed and brought down, while Pokemon Go has become the most popular mobile game in the US, and has surpassed apps like Tinder or Twitter in its installation base.

Fusing our real world surroundings with the beloved Pokemon game characters has made geeks actually get up and go out, with all the weird stuff that might be going on out there, that is why we wanted to ask you if you think that Pokemon Go has the potential to be that watershed moment for AR that the technology has badly needed to become mainstream. Tell us in the poll, and share your level below.

Will playing Pokemon Go be the watershed moment for augmented reality?

Yes, Pokédex
76.15%
No, Spearow
23.85%

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23 Comments

1. Darkkracker

Posts: 255; Member since: Jun 11, 2016

Very very nice!!!!!

2. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

That's some bittersweet cosplay, there. The hotness. The hotness. But why Ash?

9. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

because thats the only character of pokemon she know (beside pikachu) or because its easy.. just use blue jacket, ash hat, (plus some random scantily clad outfit), and you'll be Ash and get tons of virtual thumb up and virtual popularity, lol

14. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

I'll give the one on the right thumbs up...

17. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

for creativity. What were you thinking, you pervs? lol

26. XperiaG

Posts: 178; Member since: Jun 06, 2016

OMG! LOL.

22. Totse2k15

Posts: 478; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

I go first.

18. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

You can see her underwear haha she reminds me of my ex so much

21. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

I don't think she has any.

23. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

yep she does look carefully

19. PhoneFixer unregistered

Lokks like usa are just kids it is viral only there..

25. PHYCLOPSH

Posts: 652; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

Ash actually looks pretty hot after the gender reassignment. I must admit...

3. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

Hololens will take this to next level!

27. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Next level of ridiculous. It's bad enough that we have hoards of people running around not looking where they're going, walking into traffic and off cliffs, but imagine them wearing something like this out in public. http://www.writeups.org/wp-content/uploads/Great-Saiyaman-Songohan-Dragon-Ball.jpg

4. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

Hololens will take this to next level!

5. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

the future is bright for augmented reality.. I'm excited

6. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

The only issue with augmented reality is the problem with depth. I love Pokemon go, but it isn't what I'd call augmented reality. Its just a 3D model of a Pokemon with a real life background, there's no depth, nothing obstructing the Pokemons view and no sense of distance. But enhancements will be made, and this worldwide hit certainly will start it off.

11. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

THATs where project tango kicks-in :D sadly project tango still limited to Phab 2 Pro, and pokemon GO didnt utilize tango :-/ (or just wait for hololens)

28. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Well... It is rumored that the new Moto X will have two rear facing cameras. Maybe it'll be a Tango device... though that won't magically making Pokemon go better unless Niantic actually supports the feature.

8. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3100; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Teens these days are getting sluttier more than ever.

10. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

you can repeat that comment every year and its still relevant

12. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

We have several generations that have grown up with pokemon, its been there for quite a while now, a lot can recognise it, might just be the thing that gets people interested.

24. greenfieid

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 22, 2016

best article on phonearena so far, though didnt read it yet, just watching :D

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