A Pokémon Superfan has made a replica of Ash’s Pokédex

A Pokémon Superfan has made a replica of Ash’s Pokédex

Back when Pokemon Anime First introduced in the 1990s, almost every kid had a Pokédex — the iconic red device that identified delightful creatures — on their wish list. Nearly three decades later, a YouTuber has created a real-life version of the Pokédex using ChatGPT, and it appears to actually work.

Engineering hobbyist Abby projects, whose real name is Abby Haskins and who identifies as non-binary, is a former Google engineer who began making YouTube videos about his projects after he was laid off. Now Haskins is dedicated to YouTube full-time, and he posted a video about his pursuit Building a working Pokédex on YouTube earlier this month.

The YouTuber said they got the idea for the Pokédex from seeing all the cool devices in cartoons, cartoons, and sci-fi. One tool that caught their attention was the Pokédex, which was “so cool, I couldn’t stop thinking about it.”

“I’m a big fan of prop and replica makers who take ideas from media and aesthetically recreate them in real life, but these projects tend to be visual-only reproductions that are largely non-functional,” Haskins told Gizmodo in an email. “I liked the idea of ​​doing the same thing, but with a focus on technology, can we do it truly Make this work?”

Haskins had three goals: they wanted the device to look similar to the one in the anime, be able to recognize Pokémon in most situations, and have a robotic voice similar to the one in the show. After creating a quick sketch of their building plan, Haskins got to work.

You’ve built the world’s first real, working Pokédex

First, the YouTuber printed a red, rectangular case for the device using 3D printing. This contains the components needed to run a Pokédex, including a camera to recognize Pokémon, a speaker, and a battery. Identify where ChatGPT-4 Come. Haskins then used the OpenAI tool to analyze what the device was looking for and checked it against the Pokémon API, a database of Pokémon information.

Not only did the AI ​​play a role in recognizing the Pokémon, but it also helped replicate its voice Nick Stelett, the actor who was behind the voice of the Pokédex from 1997 to 1998. Using PlayHT, an AI-powered voice generator, Haskins cloned Stellate’s voice from a video. The result wasn’t a perfect replica — and in Abe Projects’ opinion, the sound changes completely on occasion — but it was good enough.

Although the YouTuber encountered several bumps in the road when creating the Pokédex, including a bug where the device showed gibberish instead of text on the screen, the final product was a respectable, homemade Pokédex. The device wasn’t very good at recognizing Pokemon characters, but it was able to recognize Pokemon characters and images found online.

Overall, Haskins’ Pokédex is one of the best replicas from the show I’ve seen. It’s much better than The original 1998 Pokédex from Tiger and Hasbro. The Tiger Pokédex — which didn’t have a camera to identify Pokemon —It was like a gaming encyclopedia With two frame animation. It’s still a sought-after item among Pokémon fans, and I’d love to get my hands on it.

According to Haskins, building the Pokédex is one of the most difficult projects they’ve ever undertaken. Although it’s not perfect, the homemade Pokédex has won over many Pokémon fans, who praised the YouTuber’s efforts in the comments and asked if they plan to make any models available for sale. Unfortunately for fans, the answer is no.

“My goal is to inspire people to tackle their own projects, not just buy mine, which is not fun,” Haskins said.

Updated 2/9/2024 at 12:19 PM ET: This post has been updated with additional comment from Haskins.


This story originally appeared on Gizmodo.

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