Nintendo has shed light on its plans to develop "quality of life" technology - starting with a sleep and fatigue sensor.
Instead of a wearable gadget similar to others already available, Nintendo is designing a non-contact sensor that sits by your bedside.
The gizmo tracks your body movements, breathing and heartbeat, uploads them to the cloud for analysis, and gives a visual indication of your sleep condition and fatigue status.
Four years after its bizarre unveiling at E3 2009, Nintendo has finally given the world an update on its off-the-wall pulse-sensing Wii Vitality Sensor.
It is, for the moment, dead.
"After a large-scale test of a prototype inside the company, we found out that for some people the sensor did not work as expected," Nintendo president Satoru Iwata explained in a recent investora Q&A.
Nintendo has revealed that the Wii Vitality Sensor peripheral, first announced in 2009, is still in the works but a number of problems are delaying its launch.
Nintendo's Wii Vitality Sensor works by using an infrared light and a photodetector to measure the concentration of hemoglobin in a fingertip.
Nintendo of America vice-boss Cammie Dunaway has reassured Wii owners that the Vitality Sensor exists, but E3 2010 wasn't the right place to show it.
Nintendo and the American Heart Association plan to make a joint announcement at a press conference in New York today.
Satoru Iwata has told a Japanese newspaper that the next generation of Nintendo handhelds will have to be able to read the movements of players.
Siliconera has uncovered a Nintendo trademark filing in Europe for "WiiRelax".
An update on the Wii Vitality Sensor and a first look at its software applications are already part of Nintendo's plans for E3 2010, according to a new interview with Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime.
Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has said that he anticipated the announcement of competing motion controllers in 2008.
Mario's legal guardian Satoru Iwata has introduced a curious pulse-measuring device known as Wii Vitality during Nintendo's E3 press conference.