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Seattle-based designer Sam Matson developed a headset that tracks "gamer rage" and adjusts a custom game's difficulty to compensate for it. Dubbed "Immersion," Matson's headset uses an optical sensor that reads "minute color changes in the user's ear tissue to approximate a pulse." Matson's protot...

January 22nd 2014 at 8:00am 0 Comments
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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...

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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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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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In the same investor Q&A in which president Satoru Iwata declared the ten-million-copy sales potential of Wii Fit Plus, New Super Mario Bros. Wii, and Wii Sports Resort and dismissed the idea of a price drop, Iwata also discussed the ... less than guaranteed hit, the Wii Vitality Sensor. Iwata s...

August 10th 2009 at 3:57pm 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
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Satoru Iwata just announced the latest health-related peripheral for the Nintendo Wii -- the Wii Vitality Sensor. We're still extremely confused as to the purpose of the device, or how it will be implemented in a game, but here's a brief breakdown: It's a biorythm sensor that connects to your finge...

June 2nd 2009 at 1:06pm 0 Comments