IM3™ Technology Under (Xbox) Control

Priscilla Johnson

Content Marketing Lead

We found the US Army extolling the virtues of switching to an Xbox controller to operate the periscopes aboard their Virginia-class submarines: they’re cheaper and easier to learn than other industrial options, and they are readily available commercially making for easy replacement. Just like the clunky and heavy military joysticks making duties more cumbersome, Inuktun legacy controller requires a similar learning curve that isn’t usually required with the familiar controls of the popular game console. 

See the original article on US submarines using Xbox technology here. Learn how Inuktun manipulators are being used by the US Navy here.


The Xbox controller is a plug-and-play option for all inspection camera and robotic crawler systems that utilize Inuktun control software, ICON™. This PC based Windows® program offers a variety of configuration and control options; for those who don’t like using a mouse and keyboard, the Xbox controller is the perfect alternative. And we provide the user with full flexibility - all system functions can be programmed into any of the buttons.


From Call of Duty® to Inuktun MaggHD™ miniature magnetic crawlers, the Xbox controller puts inspectors in complete control. Contact our sales team to learn more about how our Multi-Mission Modular (IM3™) technology can improve your remote visual inspection and nondestructive testing operations with user-friendly hardware and stay Beyond Current.

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