Banning traditional video game consoles can indirectly boost physical activity in children, according to a new Australian study. However, the same outcome can be achieved by adopting “active” game consoles such as the Nintendo Wii and Microsoft Kinect.
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Android: You may have jumped in on the fad when the highly aspirational Wii Balance Board promised to get you fit through select video game titles, but now it likely collects dust in sad corner of your house. With an app called FitScales, you can turn it into an internet-connected scale you might actually use.
Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.
When it first come out, the world went a bit crazy over Wii Fit and its included accessory, the "Balance Board". A few years on though, and how many people still use the software, let alone the hardware? If you'd like to put the gaming gadget back to work without having to fire up your console, you should check out FitScales.
Hacking your Wii hasn't been difficult, but it has required a somewhat detailed process. Now we have LetterBomb, which is an incredibly simple way to hack your Wii. It only takes about five minutes to accomplish. Here's how to do it.
If you teach or have to make a lot of presentations, you can make your life a lot easier with an interactive whiteboard like a Smartboard. Instead of an expensive piece of technology, though, you can DIY it yourself with a Wiimote.
Bummed because you've got a new Wii and the Twilight Princess hack won't work on it? Have an older Wii but you don't want to buy Twilight Princess just to install Homebrew? Try the free and easy bannerbomb exploit.
Video streaming web site YouTube announced a new beta service today called YouTube for TV (if you want to try it in your regular browser, here's how). To begin with, the service is available on Sony PS3s and Nintendo Wiis, offering a "10-foot television viewing experience through a streamlined interface that enables you to discover, watch, and share YouTube videos on any TV screen with just a few quick clicks of your remote control." Sounds good so far, but if you've got a Wii or PS3, let's hear what you think in the comments.
O'Reilly's Hacks Blog points out a way to work around the Nintendo Wii's arbitrary 2GB limit on storing games and save information to an SD card. After formatting the card using the SDFormatter tool, simply fill everything but 2GB with junk data that you can later replace. Useful for anyone who's hacked their Wii for homebrew apps.
Nintendo doesn't exactly advertise it, but the remotes for the Wii gaming console—including the balance board that comes with Wii Fit—have Bluetooth capabilities. That means you can connect your Wii peripherals to your computer to operate the media centre hooked up to your TV, play emulated games with a Nunchuk, Classic Controller, or even a Balance Board, and pretty much have them do anything you can do with a keyboard. Let's walk through linking up your Wii peripherals and putting them in control of your Mac, PC, or Linux box.
You've hacked your Wii to run homebrew apps and play back DVDs without any difficult hardware hacking and now you want to dive into more of your homebrew options. Let's take a closer look at how to install new homebrew applications on your Wii through the homebrew channel, play back virtually any video or audio format, run old-school video game emulators, and more. Oh, and we'll play a little Doom, naturally.
Despite the fact that it ships with a DVD drive, for whatever godforsaken reason, the Nintendo Wii doesn't support DVD playback—until last week, that is, when a homebrew hacker released a tool that enables DVD playback on your Wii. The best part? You don't have to crack open your Wii or disturb your hardware in any way to install it. Let's take a detailed look at how to softmod your Wii with the Twilight hack to run homebrew apps. Then I'll show you how to install the Wii port of the open source media player, mplayer, to turn your Wii into a DVD (or should I say WiiVD?) player.
If public humiliation via Twitter isn't your preferred weight loss strategy, how about gaming? Blogger Mickey DeLorenzo lost 6.8kg in simply 41 days by adding regular use of the Wii Fit to his daily routine. This isn't exactly surprising -- any conscious increase in physical activity should peel off some of the pork -- but it might be more appealing than taking up jogging in mid-winter.
For the geek fitness freaks out there (I hope I'm not the only one) - here's an early look at Nintendo's forthcoming Wii Fit game. Wired's Game/Life blogger Chris Kohler used Wii Fit (which gets you to use a Balance Board) and kept a diary for a week to track his progress. He says it's the best "exer-game" to come out so far - even though it told him he was fat!