A good engineer uses off-the-shelf components as often as possible.
Source: am a bad engineer.
The second periscope has a madcatz controller.
I believe EOD (explosive ordinance disposal) in the Navy control their bomb robots with Xbox controllers as well.
We did this with 360 degree camera equipment at my old job! Basically I was writing software for people to cut video clips for boxing matches, and one guy comes to me with this diagram mapping our camera controls to a 360 controller and says "can you make this happen?". Fuck yes we made it happen, best idea ever.
**EDIT:** For clarification, it wasn't like a normal 360 camera, it was an array of cameras pointed towards a center point, and digitally/optically manipulated in real time to create 3d footage you could rotate around as you pleased. Here's a gif showing it in action: http://aqueti.tv/pbc/march0715/ThurmanGuerreroR3/animation_desktop.gif
Don't think they work on it anymore, or at least I can't find it on their site, but we definitely got a 360 controller working with that bad boy so sports clips could be cut more easily.
It's almost as if decades of engineering for easy control and feedback from many users went into game controllers...
Somehow these submariners soon began head shotting terrorists from hundreds of miles away at sea. Last reported comment from ISIS commander "Fucking Hackers."
*An Xbox 360 controller sells for around $30 on Amazon, compared to the $38,000 price tag for the photonic mast handgrip and imaging control panel.*
Makes sense, good thing they didn't go with the [original Xbox controllers.](https://i.imgur.com/Q9QgDvI.jpg
"Sir, we have detected a Russian submarine invading U.S. waters. Should we prepare a strike against them?"
"No. Just send them a message."
"What should I say, sir?"
*"...I fucked ur mom, lol"*
Sailor: Right, Down, Left, Up, Up, Left, Down, Right
XO: What are you doing, sailor?
Sailor: Trying to get a million dollars, Sir.
And somewhere someone would be willing to pay 4/500$ for a "real" controller to use in sub-sims...
Let's be clear, Microsoft easily spent as much money on R&D for their controllers as did the navy. But Microsoft is spreading that cost over millions of units rather than hundreds.
Makes perfect sense; take an uncommon or specialized skill and translate it to something we've been practicing more or less sense childhood. Unusual to see the military doing something that makes so much sense...