Cutting-Edge US Navy Submarine Comes With Xbox Controllers
It was only a matter of time. USA Today reports that the US Navy has just launched it's brand new, state-of-the-art Virginia-class attack submarine, the USS Colorado, from the Naval Submarine Base New London in Connecticut. The new vessel is 377-foot-long and is equipped to fight submarines and surface ships, conduct surveillance, and deliver Special Operations troops. It can launch Tomahawk missiles two at a time and is partially controlled by Xbox controllers. Here's why it's not as crazy as you think.
Virtually all young adults in America that are of age to enlist in the armed services have had more than a decade of training on a technically sophisticated, digital interface device that can easily be re-purposed to control a wide variety of military hardware. The ubiquitous Xbox controller. This handheld controller has enough buttons to control even the most complicated systems, and a huge number of potential recruits have mastered it through years of video games. In fact, a lot of these games actually simulate some of the very military systems our nations finest use today.
The new move will not only save the Navy millions of dollars in training, using off of the shelf technology will be much cheaper and faster than have purpose-built interfaces researched, designed, and tested.