The True Story Behind the Mapping of Pokémon Go

The True Story Behind the Mapping of Pokémon Go

It didn’t take very long for Pokémon Go to take over the world. On the plus side a lot more people are getting outside than ever. On the downside some of them are getting into some pretty stupid situations. One thing in particular that’s confusing many is the way the map was arranged. How did Niantic (the developers) choose where Pokéstops (where players get items) and gyms (where trainers battle) were? How did they decide which Pokémon would be where? It’s actually an interesting story.

Where Did the Pokéstops and Gyms Come From?

The data behind the Pokéstops and gyms comes from another Niantic game called Ingress. Ingress was a game similar to Pokémon Go that included locations like Pokéstops and gyms. These locations were chosen using historical monuments and markers, along with public artwork from photos that were geo-tagged on Google. Pokémon Go uses the same database. Though of course the locations are turned into Pokéstops and Gyms instead! We can’t say for sure but Ingress have said that there are Pokéstops in Antarctica and the North Pole because some portals (the version of Pokéstops in Ingress) ended up there.

How Pokémon Locations were Decided

The data about which Pokémon show up where is based on another set of data entirely. The Pokémon locations were determined by geographical markers. There are a lot of different mapping designations such as bodies of water, whether the area is a zoo or a park, and lots of other things. So basically water Pokémon will generally show up near water.

While Niantic couldn’t get into too many details they also said that there was another set of data about geographical classifications including the climate and vegetation of an area. This data even includes the kind of soil there. All of this is used to put Pokémon in a location that feels appropriate to that type of Pokémon.

How Players are Kept Safe

Ever since the launch of Pokémon Go the world of social media has been filled with tales of people going to some real extremes to try and catch ‘em all. Niantic say that, to them, trainer safety has always been important to them. It was important that Ingress portals (which are now stops and gyms) were in publically accessible areas. So now the Stops and Gyms are also in safe and convenient locations. This hasn’t stopped reports that people have found their way into some strange locations though.

Niantic have also said the same thoughts went into the Pokémon themselves. They wanted to limit spawning so that Pokémon shouldn’t spawn on roads or in places where players would have to do something risky/stupid to catch them. There is no need to go towards a Pokémon as soon as it pops up. Just click on it and stay somewhere safe out of the way. That was the idea anyway. Walking down the street with your head hunched over your phone is hardly the safest way to walk down a street after all. Don’t forget to look up every so often!

The Future

Ingress have said they have some pretty big plans for Pokémon Go. One of the first things they want to do is further develop Pokéstops and Gyms to add some depth to the game. Right now players can attach a lure to a Stop to make Pokémon appear, but there are plans to do much more than just this.

They also plan to introduce Pokémon trading to the game. It’s something they believe will help drive the spirit of cooperation, competition, and social interaction aspects of the game. Many of the plans they have for Pokéstops and Gyms are also built around this idea.

If you’re a fan of Pokémon Go then the future definitely looks interesting.


The Best of the CES 2016 Award Winners

The Best of the CES 2016 Award Winners

Every year technological giants and start-ups alike flock to Vegas for the CES; a showcase of the best current technology and the a glimpse at the future. There’s always something great at the CSE (Consumer Electronics Show” each year and this year was no different. Here’s a look at some of the big winners of the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Chevy Bolt Electric Car

The Chevy Bolt electric car was one of the best things overall at the show. Everyone loves the Tesla and dreams about what it would be like to have a truly brilliant electronic car but the fact is that $59,500 base model price, not to mention the $105,000 price tag on a great version of the car, is more than enough to put people off. The Chevy Bolt manages to be the perfect car that the Tesla Model S and the Nissan Leaf just can’t be. It might not win you a race, and it might not brag to your friends on Facebook for you, but it can take you 200 miles without using any gasoline, has an impressive recharge rate, and a much friendlier price tag of $30,000. Best of all? It’s set be released this year.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Laptop with OLED Screen

This Yoga Laptop is one of the best things to come out of the CES as far as computers go. OLED is the current major trend in the computer world and it’s not hard to see why. OLED technology is all over phones and TVs but it’s still not been properly utilised in computers. Things are finally changing now though and many laptops are being created with OLED screens.

The best of all of these is the ThinkPad X1 Yoga. The X1 Yoga was picked not for the OLED screen, as each of the OLEDs there looked great, but because it was the best everyday notebook at the show. It’s put together brilliantly complete with a super powered battery and top notch tech. While the other tech companies brought their best only Lenovo brought something that had a little bit of everything.

Genworth R701 Exoskeleton Aging Simulator

One of the best things about the CES is the weird and wonderful tech that gets showcased. What stood out in particular this year was the Genworth R701 Exoskeleton with Aging Simulator. It may not have been the most incredible but it does change the way that you see the world. Rather than making you stronger or faster (as most people want exoskeletons to do) it’s designed to make you slower and weaker. To put it simply it makes you feel old.

There’s a lot of technology behind the aging effect of the exoskeleton. It makes it hard for you to move to simulate arthritis and loss of muscle while it even has a headset that can simulate hearing loss and glaucoma. Using just one of these effects would really screw with your head but combining them? You can bet it will do a number to you. It’s debilitating and that’s really the point of the exoskeleton. We already have technology that lets men feel what it’s like to have periods and give birth and now we have technology that makes it possible for young people to feel old. Pregnancy simulators increased empathy towards women and we’re interested to see if the exoskeleton has the same effect for old people.


High Tech Beauty Products That are Worth the Money

High Tech Beauty Products That are Worth the Money

There are some treatments out there with high price tags and low results. Then there are products that manage to deliver on their promises. The following beauty products may be high tech and high price but they’re definitely worth the money.

Keeping Wrinkles at Bay

There are plenty of LED light therapy devices you can use at home these days but perhaps the most effective is the Quasar MD. It’s a handheld device that uses natural red and infrared light energy and can be as effective as the machines used by medical professionals. This light energy is used by the body to increase blood flow to give you a rosy complexion. It also stimulates the production of collagen to reduce wrinkles. It can be used for just 15 minutes per treatment and will set you back $795.

Beard Trimmers

Well, what can we say about Beards? Men have absolutely gone all in on the bearded look over the past couple of years. Choosing your beard trimmer is even more important. It’s an absolute must to keep your beard in tip-top shape!

Tighten Skin

To firm up your sagging skin and get rid of age spots you could user laser rejuvenation to get the results you want without risky surgery. If you want to do it at home then the Affirm Laser is perhaps the best tool for the job. It targets deep into your skin and stimulates the production of collage to firm your skin. It also uses pulsed light technology for the skin near the surface to get rid of redness and balance your pigmentation. The pricetag? $500.

For Fuller Lashes

If you want to get fuller lashes but don’t want to deal with mascara then LashDip is the solution for you. This treatment is kind of like a creamier version of a lash tint. It will darken and plump up your lashes and, best of all, lasts for a month. There are some salons that specialise in LashDip and can keep your eyelashes looking great for weeks. Treatments generally start at around $250.

Keeping Facial Skin Healthy

You need to keep your face clean to get rid of dirt, makeup, and all the other stuff that can lead to acne and spots. The Clarisonic Classic Sonic Skin Cleaning system makes your face as clean as can be with its mechanical brush that moves at 300 times a second to get rid of the debris in your face far more effectively than any face wash could. It also stimulates the circulation of blood in your face and effectively massages you. It can be yours for just $195.


Do you want anti-aging in a bottle? Then the High Potency Evening Repair Cream from Perricone MD is for you. It gets rid of fine lines and pores with a cavalcade of potent ingredients that work together to give you great skin. It also makes use of DMAE, an organic compound that can stimulate your nerves and muscles to tighten and firm the skin, along with alpha lipoic acid; an antioxidant that detoxifies you and gets rid of the free radicals that are damaging your skin. It’s one of the most powerful anti-aging over-the-counter cosmetics and will set you back $95.

Serums for Sun Damage

A lot of science and research has gone into DNA Total Repair. This facial serum from NEOVA makes use of marine enzymes to repair the DNA damage caused by exposure to the sun. It also includes antioxidants that help protect you from further sun damage in the future. It’s an overall great product for protecting yourself from the sun. It costs $99 and for a 1.7fl oz. bottle.

While you might balk at the price of these products you can also be sure that they will do exactly what they say. They are worth the price if you feel that the effects are something you want.