Friday, February 27, 2015

New 5-person submarine uses PlayStation controller to guide craft

By Mark Labbe/
Feb. 26, 2014
Going deep underwater in video games such as Minecraft or Zelda: Ocarina of Time can be pretty fun. Now, imagine being able to go deep under the water in real life, exploring plants and animals and interesting pieces of sea wreckage. Well, that is exactly what OceanGate’s new Cyclops submarine does, and it is controlled with a PlayStation 3 DualShock 3 controller.
Cyclops DualShock 3
According to their website, OceanGate decided upon using the gaming controller partly as a way to save money, seeing as it is apparently “$1,500 for a commercial grade industrial joystick.” The cheap, “$29″ DualShock 3 controller has been integrated with many pieces of the sub’s fancy equipment, meaning it can “run the entire control system of Cyclops.” That’s pretty impressive.

What do you think of the submarine’s unique control system? Would you like to put your DualShock 3 skills to the test by taking this thing out for a whirl?

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