A Laser Gun, in Real Life, Controlled With an Xbox Pad

By Ian Dransfield on at

It's nothing new to see Xbox 360 controllers involved in warfare - they've been used to fly drones for years now. But it's still weird, unnerving and sort-of cool when you see other ways they're being used.

This time it's to control a laser gun. A laser gun in real life. That shoots things and destroys them. In the real world. What?

As you can see in this video, from about the 3.13 mark, the designers at Boeing wanted the High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator (HEL MD, yes the acronym is 'hell') to be usable by as many soldiers as possible with the minimum of training.

How do you do that? By bringing a game controller into it, under the assumption many in the Army know their way around one.

It's impressive tech and really quite cool, when I look at it as a piece of tech. But then I remember they're using Xbox 360 pads to operate a device made for war and I get uncomfortable about it all.

Ah well.

[via Wired]