July 15, 2016 11:14 am
This week I was introduced to the Pokémon mania and now I’m walking around the city trying to catch a Pokémon. It is a good thing for my fitness routine, but I do not know exactly how good is for my physical well-being since I keep bumping into people all the time, because I am too focused on my phone’s screen.
Since Pokémon GO was released, other players also experienced a peak in their pedometer score and that can only be a good thing for their health. In addition, Pokémon GO got me in touch with my surroundings. I have discovered urban art pieces that I previously ignored and I even researched a little about the historical buildings on the pleateau of Kirchberg, Luxembourg.
What I am experiencing when playing Pokémon GO is augmented reality and that is why we chose it as this week’s IATE term.
Augmented reality (AR) is a live direct or indirect view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented (or supplemented) by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data.
AR is something between the real world and the virtual one. In the virtual reality, the real world is replaced entirely with a simulated one. A synonym for AR would be, mediated reality. It is a view of reality modified by a computer, in other words the technology is changing the person’s perception of reality.
Pokémon GO uses a combination of standard smartphone technologies, such as location tracking and camera, but the augmented reality is present when the player finds a Pokémon. Only then, the player can see his real surroundings, can take pictures of them and of course catch the animated creatures using Pokéballs.
Nevertheless, my adventure with Pokémon GO ends with this article, because the application consumes the phone battery two times faster than any other application, and I am constantly searching for Wi-Fi networks, because Pokémon GO does not work offline.
Pokémon related glossaries
Written by Raluca Caranfil
Journalist & Communication Trainee at TermCoord
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