Because Screw Walking: Man Uses Phantom Drone To Catch Pokemon

Pokémon Go is the hottest Android game right now (at least in the countries where it’s officially launched) and has managed to do what was previously thought impossible: get masses of people off of their butts and out walking (and exercising). But just like any game, there will be people who will cheat the system – people like Tumblr user Perchbird, who has chosen to exploit technology and Niantic’s GPS-based, AR game by duct-taping his phone to a Phantom 3 drone to catch Pokémon.


Obviously this isn’t cheating in the traditional sense – it just lets him access more Pokémon in harder to reach areas faster than your two meatbag legs can carry you. To make it work, Perchbird, real name Liam, connected his phone to his notebook via AirDroid so he could see if there was Pokémon in the area. Unfortunately (or fortunately) his phone was limited to the WiFi radius of his router, and combined with the sparsely populated suburb of Massachusetts where he lives, he didn’t cath many Pokémon (if at all). Still the idea is sound – a more competent pilot with a phone using a data connection in a city where there’s more Pokémon to catch could theoretically catch them all, but where’s the fun in that?

John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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  1. nice idea, dat nag lagay din sya ng portable wifi tas pede na sya sa kung gusto mong mang huli ng legendary pokemon sa bunganga ng bulkan or sa tubig.

    based ba tlga sa sa topography ng earth na makakahuli ka lang ng water pokemon sa mga bodies of water????

    1. nice idea nga.. kung ako yan pag hatched lng ng pokemon egg ko gagamitin yan..kasi based walk un.. pedeng nkasasakyan pero babagalan mo nga lng..

  2. i just play pokemon go in saudi then now im here in ph, so server not release..if pokemon go will be release, can i use same account?

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