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We like the way the U.S. military thinks. One of the Wii's biggest flaws is the painful stretches of downtime between its bigger releases, causing dust to settle on Nintendo's minuscule console and cobwebs to form on our Wiimotes. What better way to get more mileage out of our neglected gyroscopic peripherals than to use them to blow up actual bombs and landmines?

This must have been the thought process of those techno-wizards at iRobot, who have modified their Packbot model to be controlled by a standard Wii remote. It seems they discovered that Nintendo's motion-sensitive controller doesn't just lend itself to instinctive, natural interaction with games like Wii Tennis, but also with maneuvering rifle-mounted, explosive-detonating robots -- just remember to always use the wrist strap. Impaling a TV screen while hitting the Wii Bowling lanes is embarassing, throwing the reigns of a gun-toting war machine is just plain irresponsible.
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It seems that every new article about the US military using something is always either 1) not being used, just tested or 2) it is using a controller from each console. So what is it?

But it is a cool idea non the less.
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There has been a lot of Wiimote mods lately.
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I should use a combination of console controllers to make my house fly.
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Alot of news that flows out publicaly about the US military and it's hardware is extremely old.

That show on Discovery called Future Weapons or whatever is really really cool. But the truth is, even the new stuff that airs on it - are months-to-years old.
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Originally Posted by OmegaNemesis28 View Post
Alot of news that flows out publicaly about the US military and it's hardware is extremely old.

That show on Discovery called Future Weapons or whatever is really really cool. But the truth is, even the new stuff that airs on it - are months-to-years old.
Yea I saw that Future Weapons episode......it was insane! This is true though........they wouldn't release cutting edge developments to the public.
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Yea I saw a Xbox 360 remote used a couple times on Future Weapons. 360 remote to me is the best setup. Sticks are in the perfect place.
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Yea I saw a Xbox 360 remote used a couple times on Future Weapons. 360 remote to me is the best setup. Sticks are in the perfect place.
Mouse+Keyboard >> XBox Controller
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