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Pokédrone grabs attention amid Pokémon Go craze

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Thu, July 14, 2016  /  03:07 pm
Pokédrone grabs attention amid Pokémon Go craze

According to a video released by TRNDlabs, the palm-sized Pokédrone product hooks up to a cell phone as an external camera and GPS to catch hard-to-reach Pokémon in the Pokémon Go game. (TRNDlabs/-)

Amid the Pokémon Go craze, a Dutch company has unveiled an interesting innovation: the Pokédrone.

According to a video released by TRNDlabs, the palm-sized Pokédrone hooks up to a phone as an external camera and GPS to catch hard-to-reach Pokémon. "Once connected via Wi-Fi to your phone, the Pokémon Go app uses the Pokédrone's GPS and camera instead of the phone's GPS and camera," the company’s product description read.

However, much to the dismay of the augmented-reality application’s fans, it is still at a conceptual stage. “We are working round the clock on making this an actual product," said TRNDlabs founder Gerard Nieuwenhuis.

(Read also: Pokémon Go Uber could be the next big thing)

The main issue for the company is that “Poké” and the integration of the Pokédrone into the application requires cooperation with the Pokémon Company itself; the prefix is said to be highly valuable and licensing agreements are mandatory for its usage. Nieuwenhuis stated, however, that the Pokédrone should be available by the beginning of next year. 

Despite not being an actual product, TRNDlabs has collected real profits from its conceptual video by selling non-Pokémon related drones for US$69 a piece. (jam/kes)

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