360 Controller Meets This Sniper

This helicopter-borne robot sniper can fire 7 to 10 aimed shots per minute, and does so using a modified Xbox 360 controller plugged into a laptop. Each trigger squeeze costs $US4 (320 Microsoft Points).

Wired wrote up the ARSS (stop snickering, those in Commonwealth nations) - which stands for Autonomous Rotorcraft Sniper System, and imagines it could find greater use to a military that finds itself dealing more with quasi-criminal activity such as piracy and hostage situations.

Remote snipers still need training on top of their existing marksmanship expertise. But those operating this drone use a modified 360 controller in a literal point-and-shoot situation. The shooter is supported by auto-correct software and a stabilized turret. Instead of a fixed wing drone blasting a $US100,000 Hellfire missile that could blow up noncombatants, the ARSS is more surgical, firing .338 rounds costing $US4 each at intended targets.

Video games and drone operation aren't a new story. But correct me if I'm wrong, this is the first military asset I've seen (in development) that uses an actual commercially-available game controller.

Army Tests Flying Robo-Sniper [Wired via Fox News


Comments

    I reckon some time in the future, when you play 'online' instead of a virtual environment, you will be flying a real military aircraft somewhere else in the world. Who needs pilots when you have thousands of excellent gamers out there with the right skills.

    On the Future Weapons show, they had a Mule transport vehicle that was remote controlled via a 360 controller.

    The Isreali army also control one of their new spy robots with a PS3 controller (can't remember if its an official one or 3rd party)

    Foster-Miller Defense Technology Solutions has demo'd the use of a 360 controller to control an explosive and scout robot.

    http://www.joystiq.com/2007/02/05/us-army-using-xbox-360-controller-in-future-combat-systems-tests/

    Hay Will. There is already a movie about that. Toys with Robin Williams.

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