TAIPEI (REUTERS) – Mr Chen San-yuan turns his head when he cycles through the suburbs of Taipei, the capital of Taiwan.
The reason why?
There are 15 mobile phones on the front of the bike, by Mr. Chen, 70 used to play Pokemon Go at the same time.
Playing with a smartphone requires players to "catch" animated characters that appear on actual locations.
They are known as Pokemon Grandpa, videos by Mr Chen and his fan-shaped telephone setup of cycling between Pokestops have become viral on the Internet and made him less famous in the Tucheng district where he lives.
"I used one mobile phone and then continued to play and play," said Chen, dressed in a crisp, white shirt with long sleeves and pants, according to a recent Reuters television show.
"After three months, three mobile phones, six mobile phones, nine mobile phones, 12 and then 15" became, he said, attributed to his grandson and was introduced in 2016 by Pokemon Go.
Mr Chen said that his equipment costs more than 4,800 US dollars and consumes about $ 300 a month in the virtual currency to be used in the game.
Playing on multiple phones makes it possible to descend to higher levels faster and capture the lesser-being, he said.
The retired said that sometimes they play the whole night, thanks to the customized portable battery pack that charges phones.
Mr Chen's players are surprised at their energy.
"He is capable of taking care of fifteen mobile phones at the same time," said Shih Wun-sheng, 45. "From going to home, Chen can stay energetic for six to seven hours without feeling tired. It's really impressive."
Pokemon Go, developed jointly by Nintendo Co and Niantic Inc, has so far been the biggest hit among games that use the so-called increased reality, where digital real-world characters are upgraded.