Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata has confirmed that the company has cancelled its plans to release the Wii Vitality Sensor. Nintendo announced the device in 2009 as a heart beat sensor. The company planned to use the data the device could gather on the player to create more immersive or relaxing experiences.
“We thought it would be interesting to understand how the human autonomic nerve functions while using the Wii Vitality Sensor,” Iwata told investors recently, in part. He also said the prototype was created, but after a “large-scale test” with it the company “found out that for some people the sensor did not work as expected.”
“We could not get it to work as we expected and it was of narrower application than we had originally though,” Iwata later said. “We would like to launch it into the market if technology advancements enable 999 of 1,000 people to use it without any problems, not only 90 out of 100 people,”