Wii remote blood pressure monitor patent filed

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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