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New Pokemon Go type app allows the dead to store messages at locations for their loved ones to pick up with their phones

By Mason White 12:10 PM September 1, 2016
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By: Mahesh Sarin
Hundreds of people in Japan, downloaded a brand new app that allows users to store messages at locations before they die so that loved ones can pick them up after they pass on.

Ryoshin Sekizai, which is based in Chiba, announced that it released the “Spot Message” app on Monday, and more than 100 people downloaded it on the first day.

Yoshiyuki Katori, who is the president of Ryoshin Sekizai, said that he came up with the idea of planting video messages at cemeteries and other places after his uncle died suddenly at just 33 years old.

Anyone can use the service for free by downloading the app, and they then can submit 10 messages. There is a paid version as well, which allows users to submit more messages and share them with hundreds of people.

After a user dies, the family members and friends can use their phones to retrieve the stored messages at locations that the deceased visited often.

The app works the same way as Pokemon Go.

Katori added that the app is not only for the dead as people who are still alive can choose to plant messages for their friends and loved ones.

He suggested that a husband can plant a secret message for his wife to pick up on her way to work. The app is currently available on Android devices and will be available on iPhone next month.