It is safe to say Nintendo's massively popular new augmented reality game Pokemon Go has taken the world by storm.
While it has only been out for a matter of weeks, it has become a runaway success in a manner that no other smartphone app has ever done before.
This means it should perhaps come as no surprise that others are trying to jump in on this success. Indeed, McDonald's has become the first third-party to respond to Pokemon Go's popularity by turning 3,000 of its restaurants in Japan into Gyms.
Players are asked to join one of three teams when they have reached a certain level and caught a certain number of Pokemon. At this point, they will be given the ability to assign any caught Pokemon to a Gym location – a place in the real world. This team then has to defend this Gym from opposing teams in battles.
Now, a designer has come up with a new smartphone case that is intended to make it easier for players to catch Pokemon while out and about.
One of the key aspects of the game is to catch the little monsters by throwing a virtual Pokeball at them from within the smartphone camera app. Bonus points can be earned with curved throws, which also increase the chances of catching the Pokemon.
Straight throws may not be as flashy, but they are still an effective and simpler means of getting the job done. It makes little difference to many players to work on an elaborate technique when the only objective remains the same to get the Pokeball to land within shrinking rings around the Pokemon to catch it.
Designer Jon Cleaver has created a blueprint of a smartphone case that could help players get a dead-straight Pokeball launch and increase their chances of getting an 'Excellent' rating.
The plans for the case have been uploaded to My Mini Factory and it is a very simple accessory that covers the user's screen. While it is currently only designed to fit the iPhone 6, owners of other smartphone models are asked to get in touch with the designer via the webpage – so cases for different phones could be in the works.
For those with access to a 3D printer, the plans are purchasable from Mr Cleaver – and completed models can be found on Etsy for those who do not.