The Wii Vitality Sensor was by far the weirdest peripheral to come out of E3 this year, and while Nintendo’s president didn’t explain much of what it did at the keynote, he’s now hinted at some further uses, including tapping your heartbeat for horror games. This is all going to end in tears, you know.
In case you missed the Mario-filled Nintendo keynote, prez Satoru Iwata lifted the lid on the next step after Wii MotionPlus: the Wii Vitality Sensor, a bizarre fingertrap that registers your heart rate.
Iwata said at the time that the Wii Vitality Sensor could be used to help you sleep better, but in an interview with VentureBeat, he raised the possibility of using your pulse to see how scared you are in horror games: “Maybe you will play a horror game and the sensor can tell how scared you are”, he said.
It’s an interesting idea. We’d love to play a Resident Evil where enemies will pop up when you’re at your most tense, although the Wii Vitality Sensor could puncture the atmosphere a tad, simply because it looks so ridiculous.
Iwata went on to make some even more frightening suggestions (“The pulse is not the simple measurement of just your heartbeat…It can show how your automatic nervous system is operating.”) as to what the Wii Vitality Sensor can do thanks to an optical sensor inside it which can see how much blood is passing through your veins.
The Wii Vitality Sensor is still a while off yet, and while we’re fascinated, we reckon we’ll watch someone else trying it out first before tempting fate with our own digits.