I get asked a lot if I am a pod-tracker. The answer is a little too complicated to explain in a few sentences, but the short version is that I am a professional pod tracker. I use the app Pod Tracker to track my food and drink intake, as well as my moods or emotions. I’ve also used the app to track sleep patterns for my clients.
My friend Sean has a lot of experience tracking down pods in the wild. He’s worked for nearly a decade as a pod-tracker, and his experience is that pods don’t often wander very far from their places of residence, unless they are carrying a lot of food or drink. At any rate, Sean says, “One pod is rarely seen, even when the temperature is below freezing.
Sean says that pod tracking is pretty simple to do. If you find a pod and find it hard to find, you can use that as an excuse to look for another pod. I think this is the only time I’ve ever seen a pod wander far away from its home base.
I think part of the difficulty is that pods track in 3D space as well as X-Y-Z. As a pod-tracker, I find myself trying to figure out how to solve problems that would be nearly impossible without 3D space or even X-Y-Z. I think it’s quite possible to walk outside of the room, look around, and see where the pod is, without walking back inside the room to try to figure out where it is.
To some degree people don’t realize that pods don’t just track in 3D space. They can also track in X-Y-Z. This is an area where game development has been a bit lacking. The biggest problem I’ve seen so far is that the pods seem to be unable to track in the same way we can. For instance, we can see that the pod is currently in the same position as 3 hours ago. Yet, we can’t see where it is.
To prevent this, developers have been working on ways to solve this problem. One of the most promising ones is the “pods” in the game. A pod is an abstract representation of a room in your home. They have several different types of sensors and can track in almost any direction.
Pods are great, but they still have a few flaws. For example, the most important thing in a pod is its position. The next thing the pod has to do is to track the position of the occupant. If the pod is in the same position for a while, it will have to spend a lot of time searching for the occupant. It seems the pods would be best used as some sort of virtual representation of your home.
This is what the new pods track in the trailer.
There is one more thing to note about the pods in the trailer. The pods are essentially a “tracking device,” which means that they are able to detect the positions of people in your home. This is something we’ve talked about a lot over the past few years, which is how the iPod does it. There are tons of cool tracking ideas out there, and there are even more in the pipeline which will be on the web very soon.
A few weeks ago, we shared a video that showed someone tracking a person using a tracking device, and we also noted that there are even more similar devices out there. For instance, the Nike+ Fuelband has a similar feature, as does the GoPro.