Want to commit a crime without actually doing it? That’s pretty much what PKPKT is looking to achieve. The game, despite for iPhones in mind, lets gamers “steal” from one another through the use of Bluetooth. The concept is similar to pickpocketing, hence the name PKPKT, where you will be able to “steal” money and items from nearby players who have the game and who might have left their Bluetooth on. Once the stealing has been successfully completed, gamers will be able to chat to one another through the same Bluetooth connection.
The good news for those worried about privacy is that the identities of the gamers are hidden, so you won’t be able to tell which phone stole from you. According to Jeremy Schoenherr, the game’s designer, “All that data lives nowhere except the two devices involved […] The app exchanges no personal information (there’s no link to Facebook, Twitter, etc.) so users can feel safe playing the game.” Schoenherr is also looking for ways to evolve and expand the game to make it more enjoyable long term.
As it stands PKPKT is a free download via the iTunes App Store, so if you’d like to put your iPhone’s Bluetooth to use, this is a pretty innovative game worth checking out. In the meantime you can get an idea of how it works in the video above.