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Wii remote blood pressure monitor patent filed

8:03 PM on 07.22.2008 // Brad Nicholson

Ever sit around playing WiiSports and get the sudden inclination to make sure your body is running phenomenally? Apparently the thought has crossed Kent Hsu’s mind a time or two. Today, Spong found Mr. Hsu’s US patent for a Wii remote add-on that can measure blood pressure and some other anatomical functions as easily as a Popeil Rotisserie. Here’s an excerpt that explains what it does and how:

… [measuring] pulse and body temperature of a user playing a video game on the video game console, and a rotation counter for counting the number of rotations of the main body; a control unit mounted in the recess; a band including two second measurement devices for measuring blood pressure and pulse respectively by wrapping the band around the wrist; and a cable interconnecting the main body and the band. Blood pressure, pulse, and body temperature values are shown the display while playing.
I am certainly not against keeping the body beautiful and working, but I have to wonder if the thought of silliness crossed this guy’s mind. I suppose this is better than a vibrator, though. At least monitoring blood pressure doesn’t bring up all of those terrible mental images.



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