Xbox Controller used to speed up Elon Musk's most Boring machine

Reading time icon 1 min. read

Readers help support MSpoweruser. We may get a commission if you buy through our links. Tooltip Icon

Read our disclosure page to find out how can you help MSPoweruser sustain the editorial team Read more

Almost exactly a year ago we wrote about Lockheed Martin replacing a $38,000 submarine periscope control panel with a $40 off-the-shelf Xbox controller, with the aim of both saving cost but also reducing training requirements for young sailors.

Now it seems Microsoft’s ubiquitous gaming controller has also found a home in another super-expensive machine, Elon Musk’s Tunnel Boring Machine used by its Boring Company to dig tunnels under cities.

Musk posted a video on Twitter showing off the controller in action.

The part being controlled is not the cutting edge, but the part used to build the reinforced tunnel segments which allow the machine to move forward safely. According to Electrek, currently, tunnel boring machines (TBM) require a worker moving around with a tool in order to guide these segments in the right position, which is both inefficient and dangerous. Such innovations are part of Musk’s goal to have their TBM be able to move forward as fast as a snail, with TBMs currently advancing more than 10 times slower.

The Boring company has already won contracts for building mass transit tunnels in Chicago and a Baltimore-DC tunnel.

Read more about this innovation at Elektrek here.

More about the topics: boring company, elon musk, Xbox Controller

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *