At times, ‘customization’ can be a painful affair, especially with complex machinery. In certain cases where multi-control (machinery accessed by different people) is desired, it is essential to find a common thread to realize this objective. The U.S. military has developed Console Gamepads for this purpose. Designed on the lines of the Xbox 360, the console will help a variety of users in operating robots. More intuitive than your favorite gaming console, the device has been already tested on a bomb diffusing robot. To test this, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Idaho National Lab employed the Nintendo Wiimote. The robot had successfully transmitted vibration feedback via sensors. Apparently, the two researchers involved in this project are planning the next phase, wherein an iPhone can be modified to receive video streams directly from the robot’s cameras. Some invention, this!