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Watson plays Pokémon Go – AT&T Hackathon Winner!



Watson API is a winner with a new Pokémon hack

Pokémon Go has quickly become one of the most used apps beating the previous record held by Candy Crush Saga.

The Pokémon Go game, using augmented reality and GPS, allows players to capture, battle, and train virtual creatures, called Pokémon, who appear on device screens as though in the real world. As the game has taken over, so have the range of ways in which players can out think Pokémon. That’s where IBM’s Watson, and Michael Hsu come in…

This weekend saw Michael Hsu, a front and back-end developer and part-time university lecturer in California, win the Best Use of Watson challenge at the AT&T Shape Tech Expo Hackathon in San Francisco. “I saw the Watson Visual Recognition API and wondered, what if I could get Watson to play Pokémon Go for me?”

Using the Watson Visual Recognition API Michael created a hack that takes periodical screenshots, identifies the Pokémon characters in them, and alerts other users to where the characters are.

Michael Hsu finds Pokemon with Watson’s help

In the video below you can see the winning hacker, Michael, using our Watson IoT platform and the Watson Visual Recognition service. You’ll see what a creative mind can do with the right capabilities and a little inspiration from our evangelists, within the space of just a few hours.

By the end of the hackathon Stefania Kaczmarczyk, a developer evangelist for IBM’s Digital Group commented “Watson can track Pokémon around the world and other players can see there’s a really rare one that I want really bad over here, somebody else found it, now I can go get it…”

“You have hundreds of thousands of players that are now even more invigorated about playing this game and they’re playing it with Watson” concluded Stefania.

You can find out more about Watson IoT, including Watson’s Visual Recognition App along with other IoT API’s in the Watson Developer Cloud and read more about Michael and other hackers projects in the AT&T Shape Tech Expo site. Or get started with yourself, sign up now for a free 30-day trial of Bluemix to start making solutions.

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Dhaval Sonawane

Great stuff guys!
a really clever idea to showcase the capabilities of Watson and IoT!

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Anatol Blass

this is awesome!

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Chris Yaldezian

Very cool. Using the API, with some help, built in a day. Great story.

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Enrique Travesi

If we could make it available for users it would be the best marketing campaign of history!!!

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[…] Conexión con el internet de las cosas o IoT y productos relacionados: el dispositivo oficial que permite detectar poké-paradas, detectar y cazar Pokémon ya se ha agotado, ¿abrirán la posibilidad de utilizar otros detectores como beacons u otras formas de interacción por Bluetooth o NFC? Los productores de baterías extraíbles ya se están frotando las manos y, por otro lado, hace muy poco un desarrollador ha conseguido mejorar su juego utilizando la API de reconocimiento de Watson. […]

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Carol Wu

This is so cool! Adding even more fun and possibility to the Pokemon game

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[…] Conexión con el internet de las cosas o IoT y productos relacionados: el dispositivo oficial que permite detectar poké-paradas, detectar y cazar Pokémon ya se ha agotado, ¿abrirán la posibilidad de utilizar otros detectores como beacons u otras formas de interacción por Bluetooth o NFC? Los productores de baterías extraíbles ya se están frotando las manos y, por otro lado, hace muy poco un desarrollador ha conseguido mejorar su juego utilizando la API de reconocimiento de Watson. […]

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William

They need video of it actually working, because they don’t explain if you are moving or if in fact it is Watson feeding fake GPS data to Pokemon GO

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William

They need video of it actually working, because they don’t explain if you are moving or if in fact it is Watson feeding fake GPS data to Pokemon GO and then following a search pattern to cover the whole world.

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[…] that also stands out is the possibilities of playing the game on other devices. Developers of IBM Watson created a hack to let “Watson” find Pokémon’s and alerts players to their […]

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Lormie Santos

The original Nintendo version includes the Pokemon Go Cheat battle between the various Pokemon characters. In OAC, Pokemon Go Hack players embed gems in their own gear to raise their stats. Within this totally free point-and-click game you may guide this small ant through treacherous game’s challenges.

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Gustavo Rocha

This is great.
And thanks for sharing the trick
:p

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Rubbish Begone

Well done, Lynne. It’s hard to to convince Watson to start playing the game for such a material. Was a pleasure to read.

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Rubbish Waste

This is a marvelous example of how a creative genius like Michael is capable of conceiving such a brilliant trick with the help of the right tools. I wonder how it simulates the moving process though and I wouldn’t mind some further insight to this. Thanks!

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