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A couple weeks ago Dan Nessel shared his son's Pokemon Go hack on Huffington Post. His son used the STEAM Student Set to build a motorized simulator that will trick your phone into thinking that you're walking, thus hatching your eggs in Pokemon Go. We recreated the hack in our office and it TOTALLY WORKS! Here's how we did it.

Step 1: Build the Circuit

It's simple. Power -> Slide Dimmer -> DC motor. Throw em on a mounting board and get ready for hatchin'.

Step 2: Build the Simulator

Find a long strip of cardboard and attach it to the DC Motor. Use a yardstick and rubber bands to give the cardboard support to carry the weight of the phone. We used the motorMate to add extra support to the motor.

We laser cut a wooden disk to balance the cardboard on the motor, but if you don't have a laser cutter do what Dan's kid did and use one of the wheels included in the Kit.

Step 3: Attach the Phone(s)

Dan's son placed his phone on one end and a battery pack on the other. The battery acted as a counter balance for the phone as well as a power source, since Pokemon Go drains a lot of phone power. In the office, Ted & Mari both wanted to take advantage of the hack so we put both of their phones on. The phones were secured onto the cardboard with rubber bands.

Step 4: Let It Rip!

Turn on your circuit, adjust the slide dimmer, and let the dc motor spin the simulator. You might need to test it a few times to get the balance and speed just right. Happy hacking!

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