Navy Wants Knobs and Sliders, No Touchscreen

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

US Navy warship collided with a oil tanker on 21 August 2017. 10 dead.

After study, the touchscreen user interface is blamed, back to physical knobs and sliders the sailer love.

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USS John S McCain DDG 56 damage image source
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USS John S. McCain (DDG-56)

Touchscreen Deck

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touchscreen helm controls on USS Dewey (DDG-105). US Navy Photo
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USS John S McCain DDG-56 manual
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[Navy Reverting DDGs Back to Physical Throttles, After Fleet Rejects Touchscreen Controls By Megan Eckstein. At https://news.usni.org/2019/08/09/navy-reverting-ddgs-back-to-physical-throttles-after-fleet-rejects-touchscreen-controls ]

Physical Control Deck

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Seaman Joseph Brown mans an older verison of helm controls on the bridge of USS Donald Cook (DDG-75) on July 25, 2019. US Navy Photo 5568×3712

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[Andrew Grove https://twitter.com/BizVizier/status/1291760027729043461]

SpaceX Use Touchscreen

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spaceX touchscreen

Disaster waiting to happen. Some say the touchscreen only controls non-vital functions.

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The touch screen interfaces with emergency manual button interface in the middle. SpaceX Dragon v2 Crew Vehicle. 2014-05-29
NASA astronaut takes manual control of SpaceX Crew Dragon for 1st time
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