Airport screening technology has turned to an unusual accessory -- the Nintendo Wii balance board -- to identify fidgety, nervous passengers who might have explosives or illegal items concealed on their persons. Or they could have had a long day and just don't want to stand still.
Brett Zarda reports on an intriguing patent application
By Brett ZardaPosted 07.31.2008 at 2:28 pm 2 Comments
Will the Wii Fit one day add heart rate to the health metrics it monitors? It's possible; but Nintendo might have to purchase the intellectual property. A patent application filed in early 2007 discusses using a Wii-like controller to monitor body temperature, heart rate, or even blood pressure. The patent was filed by Kent Hsu of Taiwan. Check out the first claim below. How's that for a run-on sentence?
In the challenge of the century, PopSci pits a videogame-phobic sportswriter against a professional trainer. Whose Mii will reign supreme?
By Brett ZardaPosted 06.16.2008 at 5:30 pm 0 Comments
I'm not much of a "gamer". (In fact, I'm not even entirely sure that's the preferred nomenclature to describe one skilled at Halo and aroused by watching Grand Theft Auto.) The only video game system I've ever owned is the original Nintendo which still sits proudly attached to my television with a quarter holding RBI Baseball in place (undefeated through much of college). But, I do cover sports and its broadly defined intersection with technology, so when Nintendo began advertising Wii Fit, I felt obliged to turn off Tecmo Bowl and see just what the past twenty years has done to 64-bit technology and what it meant to the world of fitness.
There have been 786 reviews of the Wii and Wii Fit by men and women far more qualified than myself to compare its gaming merits to Dance Dance Revolution (never played), Guitar Hero (dabbled once in Best Buy) and the best of PS2 (never touched it). PopSci's own gaming guru gave an excellent review of the system. But Wii Fit, and to a degree the Wii, isn't only intended for Donkey Kong prodigies.
If the top name in home pole-dancing equipment has anything to say about it, absolutely!
By Brett ZardaPosted 05.21.2008 at 3:56 pm 5 Comments
There must be a God after all. Peekaboo Entertainment—creators of the Carmen-Electra-endorsed "Electra-Pole" home pole dancing kit—is reportedly planning to take their expertise to the Nintendo Wii. Adding another interesting dimension to the Wii's role as a fitness machine, the proposed pole dancing title could further ensure that men spend all day playing, or now watching, video games.
Nintendo's Wii Fit delivers an irresistible mix of fun activities and muscle-straining exercises
By Steve MorgensternPosted 04.25.2008 at 1:14 pm 1 Comment
Used to be, a guy could sit comfortably on the couch and, by mashing a few buttons, make onscreen characters do all the hard work. Nintendo changed all that with the Wii. Suddenly, if you wanted to bowl or play tennis or help Mario save the galaxy, you had to stand up (gasp!) and move major muscle groups in a coordinated manner (heresy!). All those years of disciplined training to develop Thumbs of Steel (and Buns of Marshmallow), and Nintendo changes the game.
Create your own games or create a six-pack with Wii's newest offerings
By Gregory MonePosted 02.21.2008 at 11:01 am 4 Comments
Yesterday Nintendo announced that the WiiWare channel—which will offer a range of additional games, including an installment of the popular Final Fantasy, along with tools for developers to create new ones—will launch May 12. According to GameSpot, Nintendo of America says that there are already more than 100 projects in the works, and a healthy slate of those games will be ready to go on launch day. Giving a bigger pool of developers a chance to find new ways to use the Wii should prove interesting theres more room for creative applications.
Also, a week after the channel launch, Nintendos Wii Fit will go on sale.