If you’re anything like me, throwing Poké Balls at pocket monsters requires me to stand still and carefully line up my shot. I even have issues with the game registering my straight throws as curve balls from time to time, resulting in a series of wasted Poké Balls. (It can be quite frustrating when I know I pitched a straight toss.)
However, there is now a new way to assist Pokémon GO players that use an iPhone 6 to play the game.
Jon Cleaver has come up with a case for your phone that aids players in throwing Poké Balls. It’s a simple, yet pretty genius contraption. The case is designed for players to throw their Poké Balls in a straight line, significantly decreasing the chance of it curving away from your potential new pet.
Can’t quite get that perfect throw? Frustrated when countless pokeballs randomly fly sideways? Worry no longer! This 3D printable Pokeball aimer ensures your finger never goes astray. Simply slip your iPhone into the case, give it a flick, and you’ll be catching Pokemon with ease.
However, the case is not something you can purchase. The Poké Ball aimer requires a 3D printer in order to obtain it, and you can download the plans for the case here. It’s a pretty unique way to catch Pokémon, and Cleaver mentions on his website that if there is enough interest, he can work on plans for other phone models.
I do see a couple of minor inconveniences when using this case. After discovering that it’s more difficult to catch and hang onto Pokémon after reaching level 20, evidence points to curve balls and “nice” throws being the bread winners. You may be able to line up a perfectly straight shot with this nifty invention, but curve balls are definitely out of the picture.
The Poké Ball aimer also covers up a large portion of your phone’s screen, which is vital in locating gyms, Poké Stops, and Pokémon. One would have to constantly take the case off and put it back on again while Pokémon hunting.
Cleaver’s Poké Ball aimer does open up the window for future inventions to assist in Pokémon catching. Pokémon GO Plus is already in development, which gives players an option to wear bracelets while catching Pokémon in the wild.
Would you ever use a Poké Ball aimer to help you with your Pokémon hunting, or would you rather stick to the old fashioned way, complete with trial and error ball tosses?