Wii Workout: Buy or DIY?

There’s lots of buzz around the new Wii Balance Board:

The hit combination of Wii Sports™ and the Wii Remote™ brought golf swings and tennis serves into people’s homes. Now Nintendo turns the living room into a fitness center for the whole family with Wii Fit and the Wii Balance Board.

Wii Fit Details

WiiFit was shown by Nintendo at their E3 press conference today. The game uses a new, bundled peripheral called the “Wii Balance Board” that is essentially a pressure sensitive platform. You stand on the platform, and the pad can detect not only where both your feet are, but how much pressure you are applying with both feet on every point of board.

Because pressure can be detected, the WiiFit game can calculate your exact balance point (whether your weight is shifted left, right, or even slightly left and forward, or far back and to the right). Using this function, the game displays the data on screen to tell you if you are physically doing the exercises shown on screen correctly.


There are more Balance Board pics at Engadget and Gizmodo, but be sure to check out this video showing how to make your own:

via Instructables and i-Cubex.


1 Comment »

  1. Billy said


    Thanks for mentioning one of our projects, we’re glad you liked instructables. If you thought the Wii balance board project was interesting you should check out some of our other projects. Right now we have a few contests going on. If you check their pages here http://www.instructables.com/group/lasercutter/ and here http://www.instructables.com/group/officesupplieschallenge/ you can find all the great projects that have been submitted.

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