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WiiHelms Go on Sale

CmdrTaco posted more than 7 years ago | from the so-very-advanced dept.

Wii 100

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eldavojohn writes "ThinkGeek (Owned by same parent corporation as Slashdot) has recently started selling WiiHelms which allows the user to effortlessly play the Wii without tirelessly moving their arms around. An added foot pedal controls the A, B button pushing to minimize activity. According to the article, "After extensive scientific study it was found that manipulating muscles in your neck for 10 minutes uses 64% less energy than waving your arms about like a lunatic." Indeed, after watching the demonstration video, I myself will order four or five — I'm sick of flailing my arms around like a chump. Don't forget to check out ThinkGeek's other offerings today including inhalable caffeine sticks, the 8-bit tie and the most amazing T-shirt ever."

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Christopher Reeve's contribution (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18567715)

Prior to his death, Christopher Reeve invested much of his money to develop this technology for other reasons. It is interesting to finally see something useful AND fun come from his work.

Read more at:

http://www.christopherreeve.org/site/c.geIMLPOpGjF /WiiHelm/development [christopherreeve.org]

Re:Christopher Reeve's contribution (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18567949)

Fuck off, fucking asshole.

Second Comment (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18567727)

Win.

Doh! (4, Funny)

kd5ujz (640580) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567743)

I wake up with a raging hangover to see this.
First thing that came to mind was "what will these lazy motherfuckers come up with next", then I remembered to check the date. Doh!

Re:Doh! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18568017)

Well, I woke up to read this post from a raging...

Re:Doh! (1)

akova (1061636) | more than 7 years ago | (#18568781)

I'm getting one for my girlfriend, AMIRITE!? Oh wait, this is slashdot. Nevermind.

Piranhaz with frickin' laser beams?? (1)

What the Frag (951841) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567745)

Piranhaz? That's an April fool.

Remember: You'll actually get Sharks with frickin' laser beams when you order those:
http://www.thinkgeek.com/stuff/41/rcbattlefish.sht ml [thinkgeek.com]

Re: Piranhaz with frickin' laser beams?? (3, Funny)

Alwin Henseler (640539) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567771)

Remember: You'll actually get Sharks with frickin' laser beams when you order those

Also remember: the delivery address need not be your own...

Re:Piranhaz with frickin' laser beams?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18567783)

Oh man! Think Geek is shipping the iPhone as well! But I can't click the link to order mine :(
Someone plz help k thx bye.

safety (3, Funny)

Hennell (1005107) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567747)

But are the helmets tested or will they fly off and break your tvs?

Re:safety (3, Funny)

HexRei (515117) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567889)

just remember to wear the adjustable sliding-knot neckstrap!

Re:safety (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18568667)

If a helmet flies off, so will what it was protecting.

Re:safety (1)

smaddox (928261) | more than 7 years ago | (#18570425)

The first batch had trouble, but with they second, they decided to replace the yarn strap with the carbon nanotube strap used for the space elevator. Thats right, now someone with a head 1 mile around can still strap the helmet on.

How absurd (5, Funny)

linvir (970218) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567757)

This idea is doomed to fail from the beginning. What a fucking crock. For one, the entire point of the Nintendo Wii is that you move your arms around. The entire point. It's intended for grannies and moms who wouldn't normally be interested, so they pick up the remote and it's just like controlling the television for them. How anybody can not get this is just beyond me. And secondly, all this overuse of neck muscles is going to lead to two things: sore necks and lawsuits. That's right, these chumps are going to get their asses handed to them in court when this thing hits the mass market.

It's not even as if this hasn't happened before! Anybody remember the Nintendo VirtualBoy? That VR piece of shit that killed a couple of people and left about a dozen blind in one eye? It was the same thing with that: it was going to make it easier to control games, just by creating some stupid helmet. My brother actually got one of those for Christmas the year they came out. Of course, he was really stoked when he saw it, because hey, VIRTUAL REALITY and all that. So he rips the box apart, quickly figures out how to put it on and get it working, and there, he's off. He was just starting to play, when suddenly to my surprise he did the mash. He did the monster mash. The monster mash. It was a graveyard smash. He did the mash. It caught on in a flash. The monster mash. He did the monster mash.

Re:How absurd (1)

tekkguy (1006917) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567795)

Wow, dude ... just ... wow.

Re:How absurd (0, Troll)

Kryptonian Jor-El (970056) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567825)

1. April Fools Moron.

2. You've never played a Wii before, have you? I've never met a person who has played a Wii and still thought it was for "grannies and moms" Why don't you give it a try and stop being such a negative prick.

Re:How absurd (0, Flamebait)

linvir (970218) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567831)

  1. April Fools Moron.
  2. Welcome to the jungle, motherfucker

Re:How absurd (1)

HexRei (515117) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567907)

try RTFEOTA (yes, thats read the fuckin end of the article)

Re:How absurd (1)

alisson (1040324) | more than 7 years ago | (#18568045)

Do you hear that? That "whooshing" noise? That's the joke, whizzing past your head.

Re:How absurd (2, Funny)

Virak (897071) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567845)

Hahaha oh wow.

Funniest post I've seen today.

Re:How absurd (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18567881)

This idea is doomed to fail from the beginning. What a fucking crock. For one, the entire point of the Nintendo Wii is that you move your arms around. The entire point. It's intended for grannies and moms who wouldn't normally be interested, so they pick up the remote and it's just like controlling the television for them. How anybody can not get this is just beyond me. And secondly, all this overuse of neck muscles is going to lead to two things: sore necks and lawsuits. That's right, these chumps are going to get their asses handed to them in court when this thing hits the mass market.

It's not even as if this hasn't happened before! Anybody remember the Nintendo VirtualBoy? That VR piece of shit that killed a couple of people and left about a dozen blind in one eye? It was the same thing with that: it was going to make it easier to control games, just by creating some stupid helmet. My brother actually got one of those for Christmas the year they came out. Of course, he was really stoked when he saw it, because hey, VIRTUAL REALITY and all that. So he rips the box apart, quickly figures out how to put it on and get it working, and there, he's off. He was just starting to play, when my mom got scared and said "You're movin' with your auntie and uncle in Bel-Air!" I whistled for a cab, and when it came near, The license plate said "FRESH" and it had dice in the mirror. If anything I could say that this cat was rare, But I thought "Nah forget it, yo home to Bel Air." I pulled up to the house about seven or eight, and I yelled to the cabby "Yo homes, smell ya later." Looked at my kingdom, I was finally there, To sit on my throne as the Prince of Bel Air.

Re:How absurd (1)

celkin (1077635) | more than 7 years ago | (#18568009)

"April Fools! Bahahahahahahahahaha!!!"
-SpongeBob SquarePants

Re:How absurd (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18568023)

Anonymous fails to deliver anything original. What a surprise. GB2/4chan.

Re:How absurd (1)

buswolley (591500) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567925)

Bravo!

Re:How absurd (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18567959)

Am I the only one who thought about the virtual sex-act you could do with this? Girlfriend training or something?

Re:How absurd (1)

Toxicgonzo (904975) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567965)

"when suddenly to my surprise he did the mash. He did the monster mash. The monster mash"

I first read that as " when suddenly to my surprise he did the smash. He did the monster smash. The monster smash"
and I was thinking, "If I got a virtualboy for Christmas I would have done the same thing."

absurd as wheelchair (1)

zorn169 (988789) | more than 7 years ago | (#18568167)

To someone with wrist problems that is. Real fscking funny.

Re:How absurd (1)

Jerf (17166) | more than 7 years ago | (#18568195)

I salute you, sir!

I WANT THE TIE! (1)

bussdriver (620565) | more than 7 years ago | (#18568527)

Re:I WANT THE TIE! (1)

Cedric Tsui (890887) | more than 7 years ago | (#18570175)

The thinkgeek website indicates that people should stop e-mailing them about making this tie a real product and that they promise to do so.

So your wish will come true!!!

aw man... (2, Funny)

physicsboy500 (645835) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567761)

you still have to move your foot?!? I'm way too lazy for that. They just need to come out with Wii games that play themselves for me!

Girl in the video (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18567763)

She'd get it. She might not want it, but she'd get it.

meh.

Hooray, just what I need. A crash helmet. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18567765)

That's.... it's... wow, that's kinda wiitarded.

Yay (2, Funny)

Colin Smith (2679) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567767)

Geeks will again be able to play games without losing weight or gaining muscle tone. The geek world has been saved.
 

elk (2, Insightful)

dances with elks (863490) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567769)

So.... free karma you say

Re:elk (0, Troll)

dances with elks (863490) | more than 7 years ago | (#18568065)

This is indeed good

Re:elk (2, Insightful)

Dripdry (1062282) | more than 7 years ago | (#18568331)

I should be modded Insightful for no reason whatsoever. Oddly enough, the word I just put to post this was "baseless"

well... (3, Funny)

Kryptonian Jor-El (970056) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567775)

Let me be the first to say that this thing is a bitch to try to play Zelda with...

who cares about wiimote straps breaking when you could get whiplash trying to perform a helm splitter...

Re:well... (1)

bumby (589283) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567951)

You ment to say "wiiplash" right?

Re:well... (1)

Scarletdown (886459) | more than 7 years ago | (#18568219)

You ment to say "wiiplash" right?


And that would be followed by the Wiihelm scream [wikipedia.org] as you thrash about in agony. Correct?

8 Bit-Tie (4, Insightful)

PixelSmack (837457) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567781)

Ok how many people actually want one of those.... so just me then...

Re:8 Bit-Tie (3, Interesting)

lavid (1020121) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567807)

I was about to ask if my roommate and I were the only ones. Guess not. It would go well with a "know your roots" shirt or something.

Re:8 Bit-Tie (4, Insightful)

DarkOx (621550) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567879)

I saw the 8-bit tie, I sure wish that was real. I think it would be lots of fun at LAN parties.

Re:8 Bit-Tie (1)

repvik (96666) | more than 7 years ago | (#18568559)

The tie and t-shirt are the only items on thinkgeeks frontpage that actually earns you points. That leads me to believe that those are infact actual, real, non-april-fools items.

Re:8 Bit-Tie (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18568673)

The shirt is real, the tie is not. (Click the Add To Cart link on the tie and it goes here [thinkgeek.com] )
I wish the tie was real, I want one too.

Re:8 Bit-Tie (3, Insightful)

hggs (904576) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567917)

Hell, I want one of those 8-bit ties just to show 'em off to my other geek friends, even if they are clip-ons.

Re:8 Bit-Tie (3, Insightful)

MeanMF (631837) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567929)

Sign me up for a preorder!

Re:8 Bit-Tie (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18567937)

I would definitely buy one. If that really is only a joke, I think they might be missing out on a good seller, here...

Re:8 Bit-Tie (2, Insightful)

autocracy (192714) | more than 7 years ago | (#18568053)

Yeah, this would totally sell if they actually made it. I like the "1982" availability date.

Re:8 Bit-Tie (1)

jcarkeys (925469) | more than 7 years ago | (#18568111)

I want one too.

Who wants to start a petition for ThinkGeek to start making them?

Re:8 Bit-Tie (1)

samwichse (1056268) | more than 7 years ago | (#18568119)

Seriously, ThinkGeek. Make. The. Damn. Tie.

I'd buy one right now if I could. It's not like this tie is some kind of major stretch of technology or something.

Sam

Re:8 Bit-Tie (1)

JonXP (850946) | more than 7 years ago | (#18568203)

I can imagine that there is a ton of demand for this non-existent product right now.

I want one so badly...

Re:8 Bit-Tie (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18568297)

I sent them an email telling them I would buy it in a heartbeat if they put it into production. I suggest everyone who wants one does the same.

Re:8 Bit-Tie (1)

mackyrae (999347) | more than 7 years ago | (#18568307)

If I was a boy, I'd buy it. Or maybe since I'm a girl, I'd buy it for my boyfriend.

Re:8 Bit-Tie (1)

charlieman (972526) | more than 7 years ago | (#18568755)

A girl on slashdot? it really is april fool.

Alarm Clock (2)

levell (538346) | more than 7 years ago | (#18568427)

I could take or leave the tie but if they made an actual version of that alarm clock that donated money to an organisation of your choosing if you snoozed I'd consider getting one. (Only if I thought it was secure etc...but still - it would be cool)

Re:Alarm Clock (2, Funny)

UTPinky (472296) | more than 7 years ago | (#18568881)

Who cares if its insecure. That's just more of an incentive not to snooze.

Re:8 Bit-Tie (1)

Llarian (158700) | more than 7 years ago | (#18568467)

I do, I do! I don't even wear ties, but I'd buy it just in case I needed to go to a funeral or something else formal.

I bet it would be a hit at weddings too.

Re:8 Bit-Tie (1)

Trogre (513942) | more than 7 years ago | (#18569019)

That's exactly what I thought. I really want one!

Re:8 Bit-Tie (3, Informative)

loconet (415875) | more than 7 years ago | (#18570229)

It's not just you. As a matter a fact, so many people actually liked the idea that after hundreds of e-mails, Thinkgeek has decided to start making them.

From the site:

"Hey! You! Quit emailing us to make this for REAL already ;) We promise, we'll make it. In fact we are already working on it. You've just forced our hand! Click the 'email me when available' link above to get notified! Thanks! I guess the joke is on us this year :p"

Re:8 Bit-Tie (1)

Magada (741361) | more than 7 years ago | (#18571217)

Fsck the 8-bit tie. Where are my SurgeStix?

April first (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18567799)

Come on, people, it's April Fool's day. Look at the rest of the stuff offered!

Re: HELP! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18567801)

Has anyone seen my parent? I lost them taking a wii.

Can I get one for my cat? (1)

giafly (926567) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567817)

Picture [kotaku.com]

Re:Can I get one for my cat? (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 7 years ago | (#18568051)

Yeah, but the only game it plays is Human Crossing.

Helmut comes with free game . . . (3, Funny)

cashman73 (855518) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567823)

Comes with the blockbuster hit, OMG PONIES!!!!!!!!!!!1

Re:Helmut comes with free game . . . (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18568671)

"Helmut comes" sounds like a German porn flick.

A WiiHelm? What a scream... (2, Interesting)

mccalli (323026) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567863)

C'mon people, no-one picked up on the reference [wikipedia.org] yet...?

Cheers,
Ian

That's not the reference (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 7 years ago | (#18568039)

The reference is Nintendo On [wikipedia.org] .

Re:A WiiHelm? What a scream... (1)

antdude (79039) | more than 7 years ago | (#18569009)

YouTube [youtube.com] has a video compilation from various movies. From AQFL [aqfl.net] .

Whats the point... (1)

Orig_Club_Soda (983823) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567873)

of playing the Wii if you arent moving your arms around?

Hang on! (1)

jrothwell97 (968062) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567883)

There still hasn't been a pi reference in the Slashrating box yet!

Hold on... I just need to go and feed my pig, and perhaps trim the feathers on his wings.

I'm more impressed by the iPhone exclusive... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18567903)

Which they claim is "Now shipping!" :-)

Even better idea (2, Interesting)

saibot834 (1061528) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567905)

I've got a brilliant idea! Why not just use a mouse and a keyboard! That way you could move even less...oh wait...

Disappointed (1)

Kelson (129150) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567933)

I read the headline and thought that Wilhelms were going on sale -- and I wanted my own copy of the famous sound effect [wikipedia.org] !

application (1)

jovius (974690) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567939)

i wonder when they come up with a game you would actually play while sleeping.. the helmet would be perfect. or attached controllers to your limbs, if you are active.. eye movement tracker. a massively multiplayer haphazard game, which would probably be awesomely funny to watch.

Alternative (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18567979)

Get a PS3 then you wont have to wave arms or head at all...

01042007 or not... (1)

anglozaxxon (824206) | more than 7 years ago | (#18568043)

Still an interesting idea. But how this makes you look like less of an idiot than flailing your arms around is beyond me.

30,000 Microsofties go to work for Nintendo (3, Funny)

DECS (891519) | more than 7 years ago | (#18568067)

Microsoft Performs Illegal Operation, Shuts Down [roughlydrafted.com]

Microsoft Corp. issued a surprise press release this morning announcing that the company had "performed an illegal operation and would be shut down." Company executives refused to provide further information regarding the cause of the unexpected shutdown, only issuing a cryptic error number of $00038FF577 and advising all interested parties to "contact their system administrator."

Re:30,000 Microsofties go to work for Nintendo (1)

David Rolfe (38) | more than 7 years ago | (#18569409)

From the article linked above:

Rob Enderle, principle analyst of the Rob Enderle Total Analysis Research Division, was unavailable for comment. Also unavailable were TechNewsWorld and MacNewsWorld, two web news sites that frequently cite the RETARD's analysis on Microsoft. Enderle formerly wrote columns on the sites, which now return 404 errors in Spanish.
Emphasis added. This is pure comedy gold. Thanks for making the Innertubularnets worth reading today. Also:

8-bit tie is YES!

What a shame... (1)

JohnnyBigodes (609498) | more than 7 years ago | (#18568199)

I can see many sad, sad couch potatoes when realizing that this is an April's Fool and not an item that does allow you to play the Wii without moving your arms :)

now we just need a WWI game... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18568333)

...so that I can play as Kaiser WiiHelm II.

*ducks*

Hmm... (1)

Red Samurai (893134) | more than 7 years ago | (#18568405)

From TFA: the average gaming geek is just not up to the strenuous task of vigorous arm movement for longer than 10 minutes

Yeah... I'm not so sure about that...

Availability (1)

slayermet420 (1053520) | more than 7 years ago | (#18568489)

Did no one see this: Availability: Likely Everything from the email [thinkgeek.com] has availabilities like this.

OH MY GOD (1)

ilovegeorgebush (923173) | more than 7 years ago | (#18568501)

OH MY GOD, it's past 1200 ALREADY!!!

My turn? (1, Offtopic)

x_codingmonkey_x (839141) | more than 7 years ago | (#18568537)

OK I'm next in line, can I get modded insightful for no reason?

Awesome (1)

Jeppe Salvesen (101622) | more than 7 years ago | (#18568579)

I've been meaning to build myself a nice, solid Henry Rollins-style neck for years. Now I can. Thank you, kind thinkgeek!

but.. (1)

zmollusc (763634) | more than 7 years ago | (#18568587)

I have ankylosing spondylitis, you insensitive clod!

Isn't the April Fools tag a bit counterproductive? (1)

Tozoku (1031994) | more than 7 years ago | (#18568661)

The fact that all of the joke news stories are tagged "aprilfools" makes it a fair bit easier to avoid falling for any of them.

Re:Isn't the April Fools tag a bit counterproducti (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18569777)

Were you really having any trouble without reading the tags? Not much subtlety here.

Plus, the tagging system does its job well: the stories didn't get tagged "funny".

I wish some of their 4/1 products were real (1)

oracleofbargth (16602) | more than 7 years ago | (#18568873)

Aww, man. I really wanted one of the 8-bit ties too.

Yo! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18569025)

Just glancing over Slashdot, I thought I read it as this word [wikipedia.org] .

Crippled people (1)

rgo (986711) | more than 7 years ago | (#18569039)

If this helmet really existed, it could get people without limbs into gaming.
This shit seems like a good product, if you target it to the right market.

Head movements are dangerous (2)

unity100 (970058) | more than 7 years ago | (#18569189)

Brain is not a muscle. Nor it is tightly fixed to the skull.

It floats in a fluid in the skull, the attachment it has to the skull are through tiny veins.

if you use your head to move something in a continuous way, you will be shaking your brain in the skull fluid like in a glass of water. in the long run it will make nausea. in the worst run, tiny veins will pop, causing headache, or in extreme cases more serious results.

whereas making instant movements with the head is much more dangerous, it instantly pops your tiny veins.

use your arms. you need the exercise.

FOOLS this IS the trailer for Tron II (1)

FuzyBaffy (690672) | more than 7 years ago | (#18569569)

Look at her room it is all white. She has a helmet with glowing buttons. She was obviously playing some Wii and the CPU sucked her into the system and she has to compete in Wii sports to save her program and get out. The bad program is obviously a PS3 program. She Wiill outsmart the PS3 program with her sassyness and escape.

Re:FOOLS this IS the trailer for Tron II (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18569739)

A Tron reference? You win for best post of the day!

You guys totally missed the joke (1)

Phybersyk0 (513618) | more than 7 years ago | (#18569779)

See, she's wearing a helmet. Retards sometimes wear helmets.

Retard Helmet + Wii Controller + You = WIITARDED.
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