Pokémon Go Robot Takes Craze to New Heights

Pokémon Go-Bot uses an iOS app, a robotics control program and GPS spoofing to help you play Pokémon Go 24/7/365.


Pokémon Go is the worst thing ever. Players are getting robbed. Players are quitting their jobs. Players can’t put their phones down while driving and are causing major accidents.

It was only a matter of time, but now there’s a robot that’ll help you play Pokémon Go 24/7/365.

Meet Pokémon Go-Bot, a robot created by Matt Vitelli as a “weekend project.” As a word of caution, this is against the Pokémon Go terms of service and you could get banned if you attempt what Vitelli did here.

Vitelli explains how he built the robot in the description of his YouTube video:

“I basically strapped a stylus onto a Novint Falcon, threw together a basic iOS app + OSX C++ robotics control program, and used OpenCV to compute a homography between the phone screen and a camera. The end result is you can have a robot interact with the phone and perform clicks / drags on the phone screen. I also cobbled together a little GPS spoofer using Xcode’s location emulator and Python.

“Currently, I click on where I want the robot to go and the robot follows along my path. Eventually I’d like to implement some computer vision techniques to automatically detect Pokemon, click on them, and successfully capture them all autonomously.”

What’s next, a drone that helps you cheat at Pokémon Go-Bot? Oh, that already exists, too?

 




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Steve Crowe · Steve Crowe is managing editor of Robotics Trends. Steve has been writing about technology since 2008. He lives in Belchertown, MA with his wife and daughter.
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