While Niantic is busy tightening a few issues with its runaway success, Pokémon Go has been re-imagined with gesture controls and headset support thanks to a tech startup.
Though far from an official product – or even a playable one – the proof-of-concept footage shows the iconic Pikachu augmented onto the player’s view as they fling Poké Balls at the electric mouse using real-life hand gestures.
Despite no formal affiliation with Niantic, The Pokémon Company, or Nintendo, Gestigon chose to use the mobile phenomenon to show off what its AR/VR development kit can do.
The company believes using your own hands as a controller is key to immersive virtual experiences – giving developers a chance to see the tech for themselves.
While it may not appear as fancy as, say, the Oculus Touch, Gestigon’s Poké-prototype shows off how effective – or, rather, super-effective – convincing controls can work in VR and other mixed reality experiences.
In the meantime, let’s hope Nintendo doesn’t get the wrong idea and file a cease-and-desist.
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