Reply to post: Re: Glass breaks.

I could throttle you right about now: US Navy to ditch touchscreens after kit blamed for collision

Wellyboot Silver badge

Re: Glass breaks.

I can't think of any warship control system that would work be better with a touchscreen under combat conditions while wearing fireproof gloves and a smoke hood.

Unambiguous self evident controls should be mandatory, big knobs & levers that go clunk so you can feel that they've changed position without needing to actually see what you're doing when groping around in the dark.

Important controls that are duplicated should always be synchronised, throttle control has to mirror the physical reality which has always meant separate controls for each power source (boiler, turbine, generator, reactor etc.) and each power output (propeller shaft).

Whatever happend to the 'keep it simple' approach.

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