Things are about to get a whole lot more exciting for Pokémon GO trainers, with the arrival - finally! - of the much anticipated 'Pokémon GO Plus' wearable device, launching in New Zealand and Australia on September 16th.
About the new device, Niantic say:
"Pokémon GO Plus is a companion device that connects to your phone over Bluetooth® Smart (the Bluetooth low energy connection designed for health and fitness applications), allowing you to keep your phone in your pocket and go about your day-to-day activities while still being able to collect valuable resources and capture even the most elusive Pokémon. We’ve been testing it here at Niantic and we love the way it allows you to blend Pokémon GO even more seamlessly into family and fitness activities. Now you’ll be able to play and enjoy your walk, run, hike, park trips or visits to the library without having to look at your screen all the time.
As you pass by a PokéStop, Pokémon GO Plus will vibrate and light up and alert you to the location. You’ll even be able to collect new items just by clicking the Pokémon GO Plus. If there’s nearby Pokémon hiding in your area you’ll be alerted with lights and vibrations; catch the Pokémon with a button on Pokémon GO Plus and then continue on your way (later, you can check your Journal to see which Pokémon you’ve just caught)."
And in other news, Niantic CEO John Hanke has also revealed that there will also be a special variant of Pokémon GO released for the upcoming new Apple Watch, which will allow trainers to track 'nearby' Pokémon and hatching-eggs-distance.