Wii Vitality Sensor

Nintendo details contactless sleep and fatigue sensor

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.

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Nintendo explains Wii Vitality Sensor cancellation

Nintendo explains Wii Vitality Sensor cancellation

But is there a pulse left in the technology still?

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.

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Nintendo explains Vitality Sensor delay

Wii add-on suffers "difficult" development.

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.

How the Wii Vitality Sensor works

Infrared! Photodetector! Hemoglobin!

Nintendo's Wii Vitality Sensor works by using an infrared light and a photodetector to measure the concentration of hemoglobin in a fingertip.

Iwata talks about post-DS handheld

Plus: New Zelda out this year, Vitality too.

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.

Wii Vitality Sensor games for E3 2010

Fils-Aime pumped about showing more.

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.

E3: Iwata shows Wii Vitality Sensor

Aims to relax rather than excite.

Mario's legal guardian Satoru Iwata has introduced a curious pulse-measuring device known as Wii Vitality during Nintendo's E3 press conference.