Now that we have your attention... at NGL Connection, we believe in the American dream of equality, prosperity, and free food for all. In fact, when we’re not hunting down rogue viruses on your computers or providing you with the best internet service this side of the Rockies, we’re usually crashing weddings and family reunions in search of finger sandwiches or cocktails of shrimp.
That’s why on July 21st, we’ll be hosting a Community Appreciation BBQ right here at NGL Connection (933 Main St) from 4-6 PM to show our love for the community that continues to support us.
Unless you live under a rock...
You’ve probably already heard about Pokémon GO, Nintendo’s latest game craze, that puts a unique spin on collecting characters made popular by the franchise in the early 90's. Pokémon GO uses augmented reality (AR), Google Maps, and your smart phone’s camera to place pokémon in the real world… well, sort of. Augmented reality, while impressive, is nothing new and in fact was used by NASA in the early 90’s to impose computer generated images through a bulky helmet-mounted display. Fast forward to 2010 and the launch of an app called Word Lens which used augmented reality and your smart phone’s camera to translate foreign languages, written on signs or menus, in real time. Pretty neat, huh? In 2015 Google incorporated Word Lens into it’s Google Translate service and has quickly been helping the world out, one confused tourist a time.
But back to Pokémon GO.
With the use of location services and a little bit of AR magic, our quiet town of Evanston has been transformed into a bustling mecca for hopeful pokémon trainers and the mysterious and elusive prey they’re out hunting. And when we say “out hunting”, we literally mean outside, because, with Pokémon Go, players a made to walk around a virtual map of their immediate surroundings in order to find and "catch 'em all". Once a Pokémon has been found, players can catch them with Poké Balls, available at notable locations which have been marked on the map and designated as PokéStops. Players can then train the Pokémon they’ve caught and interact with other players at areas on the map marked as PokéGyms. The entire experience is meant to be as immersive as possible, while also encouraging players to go outside and get a bit of exercise.