It's already becoming tough to be the very best... that no one ever was. A lot of Trainers are reporting seeing only one or two Pokemon within nearly a mile from their home. Some Trainers are going towns over to find more than just a Pidgey or Ratata. One Trainer even reported seeing only Doduos in their town. So, what is a Pokemon Go trainer to do when they're exhausted physically?
Pokemon Go Drone Concept:
The idea of using a drone to play Pokemon Go is essentially to remove the physical exercise. Though, the exercise part seemed to be the main aim of Niantic's new mobile app. It is a good concept for those who have limited mobility, as it allows them same freedom as those who can walk with no problem.
The equipment used isn't as complicated as you might think, especially when one of the items is duct tape. Here is a list of the "equipment" used:
DJI Phantom 3 Drone
Android Phone (compatible with Pokemon GO)
Laptop with "AirDroid" program
Using the program "AirDroid," the young Massachusetts resident mirrored the Android device's screen onto his laptop screen. With this set-up, a Trainer can survey an area without having to make the journey on foot.
Because he was using wi-fi access, the Trainer was restricted to a radius of about 50 feet from where the router was located. And when using the GPS on the phone, it interfered with the drone's GPS thus taking off of GPS mode. So, if you are to use this particular set-up, make sure you are in an area where a large fall won't shatter your phone to oblivion.
The trainer also stated that if his phone had a data plan, his drone set-up would be much more fruitful. He found that the wi-fi's small range prevented him from making it to the nearest Pokestop, which was a little over a mile from his home.
In the United States, there have been laws regarding drones recently enacted. A drone operator must register the device with the Federal Aviation Administration after buying. This must be done within a week or two after purchase. Operators must also fly their drone no more than 400 feet above the ground, and must not fly over a private residence or face hefty fines. Drones must also yield to human-operated aircraft.
For a detailed list of regulations, please click on the link below:
Now, is using a drone to find Pokemon a super-advanced way to cheat in Pokemon Go? Or is it simply a ingenious way to play the game? First, let's take a look at what other players are saying:
It's the fattest fat guy solution I've ever seen.
Doesn't this break the whole point?
The Verge sure thinks so, but Niantic has released a statement themselves saying that drone use is fair play. But, in the same statement also let Trainers know that location spoofing is against the rules.
This whole Pokemon Go Drone idea sounds pretty cool in concept. But, I imagine it's quite time-consuming to set up. Personally, I think I'll stick to walking around just because I like to discover new things. It's a good idea for those who have limited mobility and the money to spend.
As a new Trainer, how do you feel about the use of drones for Pokemon GO? Is it cheating or just a badass way to play? Let us know in the comments!