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Pokemon Go Weedle

Rather than games and mobile devices acting to promote sedentary behaviour, Pokémon Go has the reverse effect.

When developing Pokémon Go, the Nintendo/Google collaboration Niantic Labs intentionally designed the app to promote physical activity. The key physical benefit is that users are required to go outside and walk several kilometres in order to both catch Pokémon, as well as using activity tracking inputs to incubate and hatch eggs. This is perhaps the most revolutionary move in gaming since Nintendo's Wii (code named project revolution), introduced motion control. Both Jawbone and Cardiogram for Apple Watch have recorded that activity from an average Pokémon Go users almost doubled.

One issue that arrises through such extensive use of mobile technology is the drain on the battery. To overcome this Nintendo is also launching the Pokémon Go Plus - a wrist worn device that is essentially an activity tracker, allowing for users to shut down the app on their phone whilst still recording motion in order to hatch eggs - www.healthgauge.com/read/is-pokemon-go-good-for-you/

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Uploaded on July 20, 2016