Sony PSPs To Train Britains Marines
Sony's PlayStation Portable is being used to help Britain's Marines revise their math and physics skills...
Britain’s Royal Navy have called upon the help of Sony’s new PlayStation Portable to help troops brush up on their cognitive skills and academic achievements.
Preloaded with eight to twelve minute study packages, comprising of slides and commentary prepared by instructors, the £120 portable device provides a practical solution for sailors needing to revise subjects such as Math and Physics.
The PSPs portable form-factor enables sailors to revise from confined spaces such as their bunks and sleeping quarters.
Marine warfare engineering technicians in charge of the fleet’s radar, sonar, VHF radio and communications systems, were the first to receive the devices. If proved useful they will be distributes around other personnel.
The new program was developed by the Maritime Warfare school at HMS Collingwood in Fareham, Hampshire, in response to figures that showed almost a quarter of ratings were dropping out to retake study courses.
Lieutenant-Commander Mark “Beasty” Williams, who developed the programme, told reporters:
“On most ships, the space people have is quite small. Many have bunks with just a couple of feet above. This is the sort of thing that can be used in a bunk space.”
So far, the weapons engineering school has bought 230 consoles, spending £50,000 including programme development.
Commander Trevor Price, of Navy Command, said that training had to adapt for a generation that no longer naturally studied from books.
“We are working on the premise that looking at a book is now seen as dull and boring. When I was at school you sat at your desk and you did your work and that was it.”
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