Wii Vitality Sensor Axed Due to Inconsistant Test Results

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Which vitals would this thing check anyhow? Pulse could be monitored using electrodes embedded in the wiimote's grip. Temperature could be done more or less the same way by embedding thermocouples or diodes somewhere on the wiimote's body that almost always is in contact with the player.

Blood pressure would be pretty difficult to get right on a finger/hand-mounted devices though - too much precision required and there likely is a lot more variance to how people's finger bloodflow change with pressure than arms.
 

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You mean like shoulder buttons (Nintendo first: SNES) rumble feedback (Nintendo first: N64), native 4-player functionality (Nintendo first: N64) save feature (Nintendo first: NES Legend of Zelda) 3-D games on home console (Nintendo first: SNES StarFox) handheld gaming (Nintendo first: Game Boy), (Nintendo First: 3DS), motion controls (Nintendo first: Wii)?

While Nintendo may not have invented each of these, they definitely made a mark and were the first to make these items popular. So much so, that everybody else plays catch-up with Nintendo.
 

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Hate to break it to the person who wrote the article but that device doesn't check the persons pulse or any other vitals minus o2 levels in the person's body. It's a pulse oximeter. Not the most useful information to have either as having a patients pulse and blood pressure along with age/gender will provide more information for what they want to do. But in order to do that they would need to use more invasive devices.

Realistically the device itself probably worked completely fine, these things have been around for awhile and are used frequently in the medical field. The issue they most likely encountered was that it's hard to keep a dice that's gently clipped to your finger on when your being physically active, which should have been a no brainer.

Realistically they would have been better off to include a heart rate monitor to try to teach people to keep in their target heart rate while being physically active.
 

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pulse oximeter does check heart rate >< in fact having worked as a nurse, i dont think I have used a pulse oximeter that didnt measure heart rate, mind you that said, im sure o2 saturation only oximeters probably exist
 
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