CBS journalist, David Pogue, joined a team aboard the Titan submersible in 2022 and uncovered some concerning details about its design. Pogue discovered that the vessel was operated using a modified Logitech F710 wireless game controller, which had custom sticks installed to improve navigation.
Now, you might wonder, if the U.S. Navy can utilize Xbox 360 controllers for their submarines, why can’t the Titan? The key distinction lies in their respective functions: the Navy employs the controller to control periscopes, rather than relying on it for maneuvering the entire vessel. Moreover, the Logitech F710 is an outdated and affordable controller that has been available on the market for over ten years. When it comes to matters of life and death, the decision to employ such an old and inexpensive controller seems rather unconventional.
Furthermore, reports suggest that the submersible only contains a single button inside, which serves to power it on. All other control systems rely on computers and digital displays – similar to how modern cars have replaced buttons and knobs with touchscreens. While this design was intended to simplify the operation of the submersible, it may prove problematic in the event of a complete loss of electrical power, especially considering that it depends on Starlink for communications.
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