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Arctic Gym, your Wii Fit alternative

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on August 1st, 2010

The ARCTIC GYM is for people without a Wii who still want to workout at home with interactive peripherals. The Arctic Gym includes an interactive exercise mat that allows you to keep fit, lose weight and burn calories. This video game system detects your movements and measures your performance and fitness progress.

The mat is basically thirty pressure sensitive pads with sensors detecting feet and body positions. When the system recognizes your movements, it is translated on-screen, so it can track and display real-time movements.

Wii Fit has “little effect” on family fitness

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on December 17th, 2009

Wii Fit has "little effect" on family fitnessAccording to a new study by Scott Owens out of the University of Mississippi, the Wii Fit has very little effect on family fitness levels. A Wii Fit was loaned to eight families and their usage and fitness impact were tracked over time (three months before they got the Wii, and three months after).

The final verdict seems to be that there are “No significant changes” in family fitness from the Wii. Over the period of three months Wii Fit usage went down by an amazing 82 percent, from 22 minutes a day for the first half of the time, all the way down to an average of four minutes a day in the last six weeks. The children did display some “significant” increases in the area of aerobic fitness. Basically it seems that people got bored, otherwise they may have done better.

Wiitality for hands-free Wii-fit play

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on November 22nd, 2009

Wiitality for hands-free Wii-fit playMan, playing games on the Wii can be hard. You are expected to do stuff like move your arms, hold them up, push buttons… All while holding the Wiimote. Add an exercise game to that, like Wii-Fit and it can be brutal. What, do they think we are superhuman?

Well, Talismoon’s Wiitality accessory can help. What we have here is little more than a neoprene band that holds your Wiimote in place, securing the controller on your arm with Velcro straps. At least they aren’t trying to charge a ton of money for it. The Wiitality will cost you $3 at Amazon.

Wii Fit Plus for fall, lets you play Mario-type games

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on June 2nd, 2009

Wii Fit Plus for fall, lets you play Mario-type gamesNintendo has announced Wii Fit Plus. The new fitness software is planned for release this fall in two versions: bundled with the Wii Balance Board and as a stand-alone. Apparently, the new Wii Fit “moves in an added direction” beyond the original, letting users “create a specific workout program that’s perfect” for them. Six new strength and yoga activities can be tailored to your own tastes, depending on what goals you have. There’s also a revamped interface focused on creating seamless routines of 20, 30, 40 minutes.

Plus will also introduce 15 new minigames, like juggling, skateboarding and a game called “perfect 10″ were players move their hips to select numbers that add up to 10. It was dubbed, “Brain Age for your backside,”.

Riiflex Weights for Wii Fit

Posted in Wii Accessories by Conner Flynn on January 21st, 2009

Riiflex Weights for Wii FitYou knew it had to happen. They actually intend to make us do serious exercise with this Wii-Fit thing. A patent-pending peripheral called “riiflex” will turn your Wiimotes into dumbells thanks to some 2lb and 5lb cases. The design is pretty interesting. These even feature a trigger port for access to all the Wiimote’s buttons.

They are available for preorder deposit. While the price is still undecided, they estimate that these weights will cost you around $30 per unit. I’m sure they are already planning a way to include the nunchuk. One question. Do serious weight-lifting meatheads even use the Wii?

Massage your feet while you play Wii Fit

Posted in Wii Accessories by Conner Flynn on January 20th, 2009

Massage your feet while you play Wii FitWii-Fit can be a lot of hard work I suppose. It’s all about exercise after all. Your feet probably could do with a massage during that workout. These silicone covers were specially designed to cover the Wii Fit Balance Board, and it also doubles as an anti-slip mat(Clever BS) for those of you who sweat so profusely that you often slip on your own stinky excretions.

Amazon is carrying this thing for $9.99. All I can think about is how this thing deserves it’s own late-night info-mercial right next to the Sham-wow. I’m calling BS on all it’s claims and I dare you to spend $9.99 and prove me wrong. This is just a $10 piece of silicone.

Robotic Labyrinth Wii Fit game

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on January 12th, 2009

Robotic Labyrinth Wii Fit gameSome DIYers from the Cowtown Computer Congress used some servos and an Arduino processor to connect a wooden Labyrinth game to a Wii Fit. Why? Is there ever a reason? It just had to be done. Simple as that. Basically it makes the game more difficult.

It’s an inexpensive project at just $60 total (That does not include the Wii Fit), and it seems like a simple process. It also looks like a lot of fun. What could be better then taking a simple game and adding a high tech way of playing it? Check out a video below.

Wii food delivery channel for Japan

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on December 28th, 2008

Wii food delivery channel for JapanI’m sure you have all gotten nice and slim using the Wii Fit, which is good, because much like a Thanksgiving turkey in September, Nintendo now has a plan to fatten you up. Probably so you’ll be more inclined to buy Wii Fit 2 and work it all off again. Beginning this spring, Nintendo will intro the Food Delivery Channel in Japan, just like how TiVo users can order Pizza Hut.

Wii users will be able to place orders from Demae-can.com where they can buy sushi, hamburgers and all kinds of stuff fit for a dinner in front of the Wii. It goes further then just food ordering though. You order the food and then if you like, your Wii will set the mood music. It can even pick a meal and have it sent to you randomly.

EA Sports Active for Wii

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on November 16th, 2008

EA Sports Active for WiiWith both Wii fit and Wii Sports being hits, expectations are high for EA Sports Active. EA Sports Active is a family game but specifically targets women who want to stay fit while having fun. The title will be the first in a new line of EA SPORTS fitness and sports products in development. The game targets both the upper and lower body plus some cardio.

It’s meant for two players and will give you motivation with real-time feedback on your workout. Stuff like calories burned. You can of course modify the intensity levels to suit your own skills. EA Sports Active comes with two leg straps that hold the Wii’s Nunchuk controller to track lower body movement and a resistance band for upper body strength training exercises. The game will be available in Spring 2009 for about $59.99.

Geek Soccer using Wii Fit & LEGO Mindstorms

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on November 10th, 2008

Here’s an interesting way to kill an afternoon. Apparently a couple of guys hooked up two Wii Fit balance boards to LEGO Mindstorms…something, and made them move in sync with leaning and jumping motions. While I don’t think this game is going to get you fit, it’s a clever hack. Maybe Nintendo can change the Lego things into battle bots and market the whole deal as some sort of Ultimate robot fighter game for the those who don’t mind obesity all that much. Hacking Wii-Fit isn’t new, but this one puts a whole new spin on things.

Nintendo talks Wii Fit shortages: Says same old things

Posted in Wii Accessories by Conner Flynn on August 28th, 2008

Nintendo talks Wii Fit shortages: Says same old thingsAnybody else getting tired of hearing the same old thing from the big N regarding shortages? The company just issued a statement regarding shortages of Wii Fit and it’s a familiar tune: Regarding Wii shortages in November of 2007 they said: “The demand for Wii hardware globally has been unprecedented and higher than Nintendo could ever have anticipated.” Fast Forward to NOW, regarding Wii Fit shortages: “Nintendo had a substantial supply nationwide for launch, though some stores saw spot shortages due to unprecedented demand for this unique product.”

Correct me if I’m wrong, but if you have a huge demand for the core product, wouldn’t the demand for a fitness accessory be nearly as huge? And shouldn’t you have planned for it rather then having to pay PR people to explain that there is a Huge demand? Nobody is taking you seriously.

Wii Fit balance board gets an LCD display

Posted in Wii Accessories by Conner Flynn on August 1st, 2008

Wii Fit balance board gets an LCD display
Surely Nintendo didn’t think they would be the only Balance Board dealer in town. Njoy will introduce its own version of the Wii Fit accessory on September 12th. It’s a bit more-expensive at $130. But hey, their model has a built-in LCD display, set just forward enough to see it past your huge gut. Presumably it displays weight etc.

Why it’s a good idea to get a Wii for your girlfriend

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on June 3rd, 2008

Girl doing hula hoop on with the Nintendo WiiTheir are several advantages to owning a Wii. Especially if you have a cute girlfriend. It can be fun for her and fun for you as made very clear in this video where there’s a whole lotta booty shakin going on.
For those of you who have no girlfriend…You might want to put your Wiimote down for a few hours each day. When you find one,(Hopefully Chloroform isn’t involved) bring her back to your place and have her play some Wii.

Wii balance board surfs Google Earth

Posted in Hacks by Conner Flynn on May 28th, 2008

Wii balance board surfs Google Earth
A group of German students have somehow managed to use the Wii Balance Board from Wii-Fit to navigate their way around Google Earth. Specifically to surf Google Earth. Talk about a creative way to use a Wii accessory.

It’s really not all that impressive, and these guys are no Silver Surfer, but I guess it’s the first step in being able to fly or surf around the world virtually. And when that day comes, it will be sweet to do this in a nerd hero costume, while playing theme music. Video below.

Shortages might hurt “Wii Fit” launch

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on May 19th, 2008

Shortages might hurt “Wii Fit” launchIf you’re anxious to get rid of some of that excess flab, you may be in for a disappointment. First Nintendo had a launch date of today, but it turns out that this was only applicable to the Nintendo World Store launch in New York. The rest of the out-of-shape in the country still have to wait until May 21 to get their hands on the Wii Fit.

Thing is, if you didn’t preorder a unit, you might not be getting on May 21st. Gamestop’s online store has them temporarily-out-of-stock, and Amazon stopped online preorders awhile ago, with 2.5 units being sold every minute. Your best bet is to get to your local video game retailer bright and early on Wednesday, since things are not looking good.

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