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Android powers most of the worlds smartphones and a sizable number of tablets, but that's just scratching the surface of what our favorite mobile operating system can do. Consider Capture, a game show on CW where contestants utilize Android to capture one another in the real world. They compete in an environment that's filled with power-ups, dangers, and even an electronic fence that serves in place of the invisible walls that plague all but a few 3D games. None of the technology used in the show is fake, and contestants are equipped with an Android device strapped to their wrists that looks not too unlike the Android phone wrist watch we mocked in AP Files #1.

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This customized Android device allows players to view the map of the playing field and gives the producers a means of tracking players throughout the heavily wooded forest. The players can also receive messages through the devices or digital viruses that they can infect other players with.

The engineers behind the show developed their own cell phone network that could permeate the entire forest in a way that WiFi could not, and they used solar power and small gas generators to make it happen. They then plugged in whatever holes that were in the network with WiFi antennas strapped to trees.

If this sounds awesome, CW places full episodes of Capture online and airs new ones every Tuesday. I haven't been interested in a game show since Legends of the Hidden Temple, but this one might just have my attention.

Via: Kotaku

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • asianrage

    They even used what looks like ContourHD cameras (R.I.P.)

  • MafiaMM

    I checked the first episode and I'm HOOKED!! Thanks Bertel

  • kepley

    THE COINS, NADINE! GET THE COINS!

  • Bob G

    It's a very interesting show and though totally opposite of what the Hunger Games books were trying to tell us, it is still entertaining to watch.

    • Ror

      At least you avoided mentioning the film.

  • mlj11

    I wonder which specific device(s) they equipped the players with. It must be something with decent battery life...

    I haven't watched any of the episodes, but I imagine "My battery died on me again, I need to go to the nearest charging station and spend the next 4 hours there" isn't something the producers want the contestants to say on TV :D

    • Bob G

      The batteries only needed to last 4 hours at most. They are recharged at the end of every day(hunting session). If they needed more battery life, they could easily just hook up a morphie pack or other extended battery means to it.

  • squiddy20

    Been watching the show since it started (since it's right in between the new Whose Line is it Anyway? episodes and Suits), and aside from the bickering/jockeying back at camp, it's pretty awesome. Makes me wish I could participate as a contestant since I love the outdoors (hiking, biking, camping, etc).
    Also, LOVED watching Legends of the Hidden Temple as a kid. Barely remember anything that happened (I was only 5 or so when they started playing the reruns), but I do remember coming home and plopping down in front of the TV after school to watch it.

  • Łukasz

    is there any game like that on android, that uses gps and normal gsm network:P?

    • Biba Nishima
      • SickoPsycho

        Ingress is KICK ASS! I was just out creating a control field before I read this article. =) I HIGHLY reccomend it to try- it's augmented reality. It uses a sort of maps app to show things in your actual location that you interact with. Its hella fun.

        • http://404err0r.com/ Henry Park

          Only problem is that it eats battery like kirkby eats food....

          • Ror

            Which is hilarious when using a Gnex with the stock battery.
            Saved by the ability to swap out a fresh battery though.

          • http://404err0r.com/ Henry Park

            ya... sucks for Nexus 4 users like me :/
            I might have to buy ZeroLemon's external battery case if I want to start playing more....

  • Matthew Fry

    Actually the AP one looks more usable.

  • http://wave-france.blogspot.com Supercopter

    A little word to tell non-US readers what CW actually IS would have been appreciated.

  • MeCampbell30

    This show has been on for weeks.