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Posted 2006-11-21 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
Early this year, I predicted the Nintendo Wii's wireless motion-sensitive controllers would facilitate personal injury, and while reports haven't exactly been flooding in, it's only a matter of time. The "Wiimote" controller wrist-straps seem to be flawed--in two cases, at least, the controller has been inadvertently flung across the room. One such incident, according to the goons at SomethingAwful, resulted in the wounding of a 60" rear-projection TV. Another incident, reported by IGN via ad-supported video, followed the same pattern: wrist-strap breakage sends Wiimote flying, which results in property damage. Were these rogue Wiimotes badly-manufactured, or are we looking at a design flaw here? My hunch is that there's going to be a product recall in the future. It's bad enough people are waving their hands around wildly while standing withing striking distance of each other--add faulty straps to the mix and someone's going to lose an eye one of these days.
 
     
 
   
 
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Comment posted by Jason Scott
November 23, 2006 @ 1:07 am
     
 
And tell those kids to get off your lawn!
 
     
 
     
   
 
Comment posted by Tony Walsh
November 23, 2006 @ 9:24 am
     
 
:)
 
     
 
     
   
 
Comment posted by n0wak
November 24, 2006 @ 12:01 am
     
 
See, I'm confused by this. People don't have much of a problem wildly swinging around real golf clubs and baseball bats and bowling bowls and tennis rackets without the need of a strap, but Wii remotes in an enclosed environment? Forgetaboutit!
 
     
 
     
   
 
 
     
 
     
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