Those who think that the Wii Vitality Sensor is a pretty strange peripheral to have for video games probably haven't heard of the horseback riding peripheral. It's basically an inflatable with a pocket to affix the Wiimote in, and the player would have to ride (and yes, bounce on) it to get it to work. Getting the picture yet? Yeah, I laughed too.
The patent was found in a European patent database, which lists that the inflatable seat may also support riding other animals such as bulls, camels, elephants, burros, dolphins, whales and even fictional creatures like dragons, griffons, unicorns, giant eagles. Sticking the Wiimote into the slot provided will allow the Wiimote's accelerometers to work the inflatable seat's functions using the accelerometers.
As with all patent-spotting news, this one neither has release info nor images of the final product. We'll have to settle for the little sketches for now, and until (or if) Nintendo announces this one, you can try envisioning yourself bouncing shamelessly in front of your TV.
For now, there's the Vitality Sensor:
- Satoru Iwata: Wii Vitality Sensor coming "not too late" next year
- Nintendo: Wii Vitality Sensor is not yet understood