Wii Takes Gamers’ Pulses

clipped from www.forbes.com



) wants to tap into your hearts. Literally.

On Tuesday the Japanese gaming giant unveiled the Wii Vitality Sensor, a device for measuring videogame players’ pulses. The device, which will attach to Nintendo’s wildly popular Wii system, could lead to games designed to help people relax and cope with stress, as well as add a new dimension to the fitness games that made Wii a hit with a wide range of gamers.

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata briefly teased the heart-rate gizmo during an hour-long press conference at the annual E3 videogame trade show in Los Angeles. Iwata, however, didn’t say what role the new sensor will play in upcoming games.

The Wii Vitality Sensor represents another milestone in Nintendo’s quest to break down traditional definitions of videogames. The Wii proved that virgin players will try new games if the control devices are intriguing and easy to learn.
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