Sunday, 28 August 2016

Playing Pokémon Go has health benefits too, says Study

The augmented reality (AR) based smartphone game Pokémon Go is taking the world by storm, with gamers of all ages joining in with the Pokemon catching fun. Now the expert in the US has found that there are health benefits from playing the augmented Reality (AR) smartphone game.

According to the researchers, Pokémon Go stimulates substantial amounts of physical activity in many likely-otherwise sedentary game players without intending to. “We might call this stealth ‘exergame’ programming and we have a lot to learn about how to achieve this!” said Tom Baranowski, Professor of Pediatrics from Baylor College of Medicine in Texas.

According to Matt Hoffman, clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Nursing, this quest to "catch 'em all" is great as it pokes people to travel across the land, searching far and wide for a Pokemon resulting in regular exercising.

To progress in the game, players are known as "trainers" must walk around to find and catch Pokemon and access specific locations called Pokestops -- where Pokeballs and other useful items are collected. Poke-eggs are among the things that can be collected at these locations.

Getting to Pokestops, catching different Pokemon and hatching the Poke-eggs require a lot of walking. If we talk about on daily basis, it is being used twice as much as the Facebook app on Android, the popular app from Niantic Labs has the most first-week downloads since Apple launched its iOS app store eight years ago. During its first week, Pokemon GO users spent 75 minutes per day playing, versus only 35 minutes on the Facebook app, media reported

"I've spent an hour or two at a time venturing around the community to find Pokestops. And, to hatch one egg, a trainer must walk anywhere from one-six miles. There's no doubt about it, I am exercising more as a result of playing the game, and I am enjoying it," added Hoffman who has been affectionately dubbed the "Pokemon Professor" by co-workers.

The augmented reality game has also become the most downloaded mobile app in its first week of release in the history of the app store. Researchers used the results to hypothesise that the slowed walking pace coupled with path deviations will eventually cause a trip-and-fall accident. Earnest refers to that research to discuss recent concerns about dangers surrounding Pokémon GO.