Journal Article

Potential perils of peri-Pokémon perambulation: the dark reality of augmented reality?

Bellal Joseph and David G. Armstrong

in Oxford Medical Case Reports

Volume 2016, issue 10
Published online October 2016 | e-ISSN: 2053-8855 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/omcr/omw080

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Recently, the layering of augmented reality information on top of smartphone applications has created unprecedented user engagement and popularity. One augmented reality-based entertainment application, Pokémon Go (Pokémon Company, Tokyo, Japan) has become the most rapidly downloaded in history. This technology holds tremendous promise to promote ambulatory activity. However, there exists the obvious potential for distraction-related morbidity. We report two cases, presenting simultaneously to our trauma center, with injuries sustained secondary to gameplay with this augmented reality-based application.

Journal Article.  1033 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medicine and Health

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