Tuesday, June 16, 2009

jOG Controller for Nintendo Wii Makes Players Exercise


A new study has shown that the jOG controller for the Nintendo Wii makes players exercise. The study shows that using the controller for one hour to play a typical Nintendo Wii game involves taking 6,000 to 10,000 steps.

The government recommends that adults take 10,000 steps per day to remain healthy. The jOG controller also more than triples energy expenditure and increased heart rate by 40% compared to playing a game seated.

The jOG controller was launched earlier this year and is an add on controller for the Wii that detects body motion and moves a game character when the player takes a step. The controller is compatible with many existing Wii games.


Wii jOG Controller Features:

  • The signal that controls character movement is blocked until you start jogging on the spot.
  • It has two modes: Jog & Couch Potato.
  • In jog mode you will not be able to move your character until you start jogging. Each step you take lights up the LED on the Jog Controller and gives you control of your character for 1 second (approx).
  • In Couch Potato mode the LED is lit continuously, jogging has no impact on the game and your steps will not be counted on the pedometer.
  • The inbuilt pedometer will keep a record of every step you’ve taken or the number of calories you’ve burnt and display them on the controllers LCD.
  • Clips easily onto your clothes – you’ll hardly know it’s there. Unless you forget to jog.
  • Works with all Wii games that allow you to control the characters movement (e.g. walking) using the nunchuk controller.
  • Some Wii games work better than others so please check out the constantly updated list here.
  • Wii Sport is not compatible.
  • The Jog Gaming Controller has only been tested with officially licensed Wii Remotes and Nunchuks, so it may not work if you’re using a third party controller.
  • Suitable for ages 7 years +.
  • Size: 4 x 4 x 2cm.