Since its launch, Pokemon Go has become a popular mobile game which lets the players to catch, train and battle their pokemon by walking outdoors ‘in the real world’. The challenge is to capture as many virtual pokemons as possible, battle and train them throughout the real world.
For those lazy people who really find a difficult task going to their workplace, this game has given them the reason to leave their home in search of new pokemons and complete other challenges. Some lazy players are inventing new hacks like location spoofing which is against the rule.
In a recent update, a young man in Massachusetts used a drone to play Pokemon Go. The guy goes by the name hyperion995 on reddit posted images of his setup and asked whether using a drone to catch pokemon was cheating or not.
His setup included duct-taping his android phone to DJI Phantom 3 and then mirroring his phones’s display to the laptop screen using an app called AirDroid. AirDroid is an app which allows you to access and manage your phone wirelessly from windows, mac or the web for free. All you need is an active internet connection both on your phone and your laptop/computer.
However, the bad news is that the plan did not work out well because the phone was connected to the local WiFi which had a range of 50-foot in radius. Hence he was not able to fly the drone more than 50-feet away and the nearest Pokestop was about a mile away from him. The youth told Gizmodo, “If I was on data, it would work much better. The drone can go around 1,500 feet away from me and that is the estimated range of using Pokemon GO on a phone duct-taped to a drone.”
In addition to this problem, there was an issue with the GPS mode on his drone. As the smart phone GPS interfered with the drone’s compass, he was not able to use the GPS mode.
He further advised, “If you do attempt this, make sure to be in an open area where a falling phone can’t hurt or break anything as well as maintain line of sight with your drone because of the compass issues.” The other players expressed their anger as this violated the ‘spirit of the game.’