10 Things That Now Exist Thanks to Pokémon Go

Pokémon Go Is So Huge, Fans Are Inventing Game-Related Tools & Resources

Pokémon Go is definitely one of the biggest trends of 2016. Sensor Tower had estimated that the popular gaming app reached over 50 million downloads worldwide on Google Play just 19 days after launching shortly before soaring even higher to 75 million downloads from the iTunes App Store and Google Play combined, which puts it in a league of its own in the mobile gaming world.

According to a report from SimilarWeb, it didn't take long for Pokémon Go's daily usage to soar past that of WhatsApp, Instagram, Snapchat and even Facebook Messenger. There have been reports of multiple arrests related to the Pokémon Go craze, one particular player actually stumbled across a dead body while out catching Pokémon, and Japanese authorities have had to warn players to stay away from the Fukushima power plants that apparently are home to some very rare Pokémon.

As if the global obsession with Pokémon Go couldn't get any more intense, super fans of the game have taken to creating products and services aimed at serving fellow players. Because, apparently, Pokémon Go players need more than a fully charged device, a data plan and a good pair of walking shoes.

Check out these 10 new inventions that prove we've hit peak Pokémon obsession.

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PokeMatch: A Dating App for Pokémon Go Players

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PokeMatch is like Tinder for Pokémon Go players. According to the creators of the app, you can use it to get a date, make friends or even find teammates.

The app is free but you need a Facebook account to sign up. Your profile will consist of a photo and a few basic pieces of information about yourself like your age and a brief bio.

Once you're all set up, you can swipe away to "catch" or pass matched profiles. If a match "catches" you back, a chat will be started so you can talk about your love for Pokémon and take your relationship to the next level.

2
PokéFind: A Map for Locating Specific Pokémon

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Lots of Pokémon Go maps have popped up since the game launched, and PokéFind is just one of them. Once you grant the site access to your location, you'll be able to see Pokémon in your area that have been recently spotted.

You can click the map button on any Pokémon to see where they're hiding in your area. Don't forget to check out the full map feature (by clicking "Map" in the top menu) to filter for Pokémon, Pokéstops, and gyms.

3
Pokéball Charger: A Portable Charger for Your Device

Pokeball Backpack
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Pokémon players know the pain of battery drainage all too well. Luckily, design duo RamzanVong has designed a charger that's not only portable but also made to look like an actual pokeball.

A similar charger has been seen on Etsy, although it's unavailable now due to high demand (with over 3,000 people who've favorited the item). Looks like you'll have to wait a while if you want to get your hands on one of these!

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Poké Glo: Safety Buttons That Light Up in the Dark

Pokémon Go at Night
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If you've been following the news, then you've probably heard about some of the accidents that have occurred due to people investing all of their attention into their Pokémon Go gaming. A 7-year-old boy wanted to make the game a little safer by offering players buttons and bands that light up to hep keep them safe at night when it's dark.

Athen, the boy behind the clever invention, has been selling his products at parks in his hometown. He also has a GoFundMe campaign set up, which has already surpassed his $5,000 goal.

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Pokédrone: A Drone for Catching Hard to Reach Pokémon

Flying a Drone
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Another creative invention that drives home the need to stay safe when you're out catching Pokémon is TRNDlabs' upcoming Pokédrone. Yes, it's an actual drone that can be used to catch those Pokémon that are hiding in difficult and potentially dangerous places.

The drone will be specially designed to connect to your device's WiFi so it can use your GPS and camera to help you on your hunt. Hopefully, the buzz will still be going strong by the time this drone becomes available to the public.

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Pokéball Aimer: A Device Case for Better Aiming

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Having trouble aiming your pokeballs when you're trying to catch Pokémon? Well, maybe you need this handy smartphone case that covers half your screen and leaves a clear path for you to aim in just the right spot.

It's actually a 3D-printed case design that anyone with a 3D printer can use for themselves. But if you're like most people who don't have 3D printers in their homes, the inventor is offering to make one for you if you order one through his Etsy store.

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Poke-Han: A Hands-Free Device Holder

Clothes Hangers
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You don't need a 3D printer for this next Pokémon Go tool. In fact, all you need is a regular wire clothing hanger and a rubber band to make this shockingly simple device holder that rests around your neck.

As long as you couldn't care less what you'll look like out in public, this is a must-have for any Pokémon Go player who's tired of having to hold their device up with their hands while they hunt. If you want to know how to make your own, then watch this quick tutorial video — but be careful not to poke yourself with that wire hanger!

8
Pokémon Keeper: A Professional Egg Hatching Assistant

Egg Hatching
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This may just be the first company to add a Pokémon-related service to its services offering. UK-based professional cleaning company Fantastic Services has now added "Hatching Eggs" as a service deal to its website.

A Fantastic Pokémon Keeper will come on down to hatch your eggs and catch Pokémon for you within 10 kilometers. So if you're super busy but you really want to keep catching 'em all (and have the money to outsource it), then this may be exactly what you need.

9
GoChat: A Chat App for Pokémon Go

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The Pokémon Go app itself has no in-app messaging feature, which is kind of a bummer for those who want to interact and make friends with other fans of the game. GoChat is just one of the many Pokémon Go chat apps that have popped up lately, looking to serve players who want that extra added social component.

The app (available on iOS) currently gives users the opportunity to post according to location, private message other users who are nearby and build personal profiles. The posts that you see on this app from other users will be tailored to you based on who's posting around your area.

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Anti-Pokémon Go Signage Sold on Etsy

No Entry Sign
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Last but not least, here's something for all the Pokémon Go haters out there. Considering the fact that Pokémon seem to be hiding in all sorts of obscure areas — including private properties, cemeteries, and memorials — it only makes sense that certain people would want to tell Pokémon Go players to quite literally stay off their lawn.

If you look around Etsy, you'll come across a few signs available that you can hang outside to inform gamers to take their gaming elsewhere. Here's one that says, "Don't catch 'em here!" and another that says "No Pokémon Go Zone."