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Pokémon Go – the latest technology craze that just made Nintendo £6bn overnight

As I am sure you are already aware of, there is a app out called Pokémon Go and it has quickly become a great success.

The app allows you to travel between the real world and virtual reality whilst catching colourful critters with any iPhone or Android device. Within days, this app has become a massive success all over America, Australia and Germany but it has now become officially available in the UK today. Available from the App Store or Google Play.

Virtual Reality products have recently been rolled out more than ever before. Products such as VR headsets that have been made by well-known brands, PlayStation, Microsoft and HTC to name a few. Virtual Reality has been around since the 90s but its only been recently we are beginning to see how developers really are revolutionising VR and making these mind-blowing experiences. We are beginning to see it rolled out into gaming and entertainment, which is where Pokémon Go has become a hit.

Pokémon Go has got people up and active by sending them outside to certain locations to find and catch ‘wild Pokémon’. This app will make you explore cities and towns. The phone will vibrate when it is near a Pokémon. You then hold up your phone with the app loaded which will show you a camera, then the camera will show the real world setting with an animated Pokémon sat on it. You have to throw a ball to catch these Pokémon’s. These Pokémon’s could appear anywhere; art gallery’s, shops, parks and more.

Some people are even saying that Pokémon Go is helping to treat their mental health as it is getting them up and out of the house, interacting with others. As well as mental health, this game is even improving physical fitness with a user saying they had walked an extra 12 miles in 3 days.

It has been heard that is has quickly become the biggest mobile game in the United States when it is counting on the daily active users.

This game has added billions to the value of Nintendo, who part-owns the franchise.

Quickly becoming a phenomenon, and we are sure that it wont stop there. What do you think? Have you tried out the newest and hottest app? Let us know in the comments below.



Wireless Charging Pad

How does wireless charging work?

So what is wireless charging?

Wireless charging is a way of charging your devices, this being a tablet, a laptop, a smartphone or even devices as large as an electric car, without the use of cables or adapters.

How does wireless charging actually work?

Wireless charging is extremely popular as you are able to just place your device on a wireless charger and it will begin charging, without the use of any USBs or plugs. However, the Wireless charger itself must still be plugged into the wall.

Wireless charging uses magnetism to transmit energy. It uses two coils of wire, one is in the charger, and the other is in the device. The electrical current coming from the power socket at the wall moves through the wire to the wireless charger, this then creates a magnetic field. This magnetic field then creates a current that passes through the coil that is in the charger, generating a ‘fluctuating electromagnetic field’. Then when the device is placed near or on the charger, the coil inside induces the current. This then charges the battery.

How can I get Wireless Charging?

Many smartphones come with wireless charging built into them. The most common brands are LG, Samsung, Google, Motorola, HTC and Sony. If your phone does not come with the ability to charge wirelessly, you may be able to add in the functionality by using a different phone case.

What are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Wireless Charging?

As previously stated, there is now no need for many plugs and USBs which is the biggest advantage as this reduces clutter and makes charging very easy and practically hands free. Also by not having an area full of cables, you are reducing the risk of being shocked by a faulty cable. Another advantage is that by using wireless charging, there are no connectors required which may harbour bacteria, so therefore this is more applicable for medical instruments that need to be battery powered. Lastly, wireless charging really has no health risks, ‘the charger creates a field that is no more dangerous than radio waves, and isn’t strong enough to have any effect on the human body’.

However, there are also a few disadvantages of wireless charging. The main one being that wireless charging is not very energy-efficient. This is due to the fact that it produces a lot of heat. This therefore means that it takes longer to charge your phone.

What should I look for in a Wireless Charger?

There are some features that you should look out for when choosing your wireless charger. Some devices have specific chargers for them, so it is usually best to stick to these particular ones. However, there are many wireless chargers that are usable throughout numerous devices such as the GMYLE, Transparent Acryl Disk Qi Charging Pad which is compatible with most popular smartphone models such as Samsung Galaxy S6, Google Nexus 6P etc.

Something else to bear in mind is the amperage of the charger for the wireless charging pad. The more amperage that the charger has, the faster the device’s battery will charge.

So what is the future of Wireless Charging?

At the moment the most use that wireless charging is having, is by using it at your desk at work, or in your bedroom. However, looking into the future, you could possibly be seeing these wireless pads appearing everywhere. Already, Starbucks have begun introducing this into its coffee shops across the UK after great success in the US. IKEA are even putting wireless charging pads into their furniture.

There are still many developments within Wireless Charging. One of these being to look at the potential of having a charging pad that can charge at a distance. Whereas at the moment the device needs to be touching the pad, or in very close proximity. However, it is possible that one day you could just be in the same room, and potentially be able to charge your device.

Lastly, wireless charging really has no health risks. As the charger creates a field that is no more dangerous than radio waves, it isn’t strong enough to have any effect on the human body.