Xbox 360 Controllers for Military Robots

Here’s another good reason why I’m not cut out for military service. They use Xbox 360 Controllers to guide bomb sniffing robots:

Military Uses Xbox 360 Controller to Guide Robot – Gaming Today

It seems the U.S. army is using the Xbox 360 controller to pilot a new piece of equipment. The SUGV is essentially a robot used to check the interior of buildings for enemies and explosives.

If it used a Wii controller I may be able to lend a hand, but I have no Xbox 360 skills.

In somewhat related news, I watched the movie, “Iraq for Sale” last night, which profiles examples of corruption and incompetence on the part of some of Dick Cheney’s war profiteering contractors, including Halliburton, KBR, CACI, Titan, and Blackwater. Much of the tragic stories, including the hanging of Blackwater employees in Fallujah, have been reported. What I didn’t realize was how effective companies like this have been at getting senators like John Warner to block investigations into the incidents. It also showed that Senators Chris Dodd and Byron Dorgan are working hard to bring accountability to both the appropriations of contracts and behavior of contractors.

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