At a time where we are seeing spending on military contracts come in way ‘over budget’ due to complications in construction you may be surprised to hear that the US Navy are adopting a far simpler form of technology. Rather than re-invent the wheel they are using existing tech – an Xbox controller to be exact.
The Virginia-class nuclear powered fast attack submarines don’t have a traditional rotating periscope. Instead they have high-resolution cameras and large monitors. Although this is not uncommon for modern submarines the way it’s controlled is.
Typically a photonic mast handgrip and imaging control panel costing $38, 000 USD is used. However the Navy plans to integrate an Xbox controller, which costs about $30 USD into the system because they’re more familiar to younger sailors and require less training.