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If the Wii Vitality Sensor were to be spoken of in Monty Python parrot terms, it would be an ex-parrot – bereft of life, it rests in peace. Originally announced back in 2009, Nintendo's unreleased biometric accessory has been indefinitely shelved due to the fact that the thing doesn't work wi...

July 5th 2013 at 8:15pm 0 Comments
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A patent Sony filed in May 2012 was recently uncovered, indicating the company has interest in knowing exactly who the users of its products are. The patent, titled "Process and Apparatus for Automatically Identifying User of Consumer Electronics," describes the inclusion of fingerprint sensors tha...

September 23rd 2012 at 1:30pm 0 Comments
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In the recent investor Q&A, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata revealed that no, the insane Vitality Sensor peripheral hasn't been cancelled. Nintendo just ran into a small problem -- human bodies are weird and unpredictable. "This is a totally new type of entertainment," Iwata told investors,...

May 3rd 2011 at 12:45pm 0 Comments
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What's your relax fluid level? You don't know -- you would if you were playing the hypothetical example game used in this Nintendo patent application for the Wii Vitality Sensor accessory (dug up by Siliconera). By playing minigames including one in which you tilt the Wiimote and breathe to navigate...

October 8th 2010 at 10:30am 0 Comments
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Nintendo wowed E3 audiences this year when it unveiled the Nintendo 3DS. However, the Vitality Sensor, a mysterious peripheral for Wii announced at last year's E3, was missing from the lineup. What happened to it? Nintendo EVP Cammie Dunaway told Game Set Watch that Nintendo is "continuing to work...

June 21st 2010 at 12:20pm 0 Comments
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Nintendo and the American Heart Association will co-host a press event in New York City this Monday, May 17. The brief press release for the event does not offer any indication as to what the announcement will be, but Nintendo's upcoming Vitality Sensor, designed to measure a player's pulse, seems t...

May 14th 2010 at 10:34am 0 Comments
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At age 57, you might think Shigeru Miyamoto would be taking it easy -- maybe plunking a few coins into his 401k, or taking to the garden to plant a few Fire Flowers. But not Shiggy, who tells gamesTM that retirement isn't an option quite yet. While Nintendo "has to retire me some time," he says, "I...

April 19th 2010 at 9:00pm 0 Comments
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Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has offered the first concrete information about the next DS system -- as in, not the next revision of the current DS, but the true next Nintendo handheld system -- in an interview with the Asahi Shimbun newspaper. "[It will have] highly detailed graphics," Iwata sa...

January 6th 2010 at 9:40am 0 Comments
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Nintendo president Reggie Fils-Amie recently talked to Fast Company about the mysterious Wii Vitality Sensor, saying, "All I can tell you is, with the game developers that we have, we will bring forth an experience that you will say, 'Wow, I get it.'" Curious, we took a quick poll of internet lumin...

July 10th 2009 at 1:15pm 0 Comments