Construction workers could soon be using a device similar to a modern video game controller to operate equipment and machinery from the safety of a remote vantage point.

The new SafetySense Controller being developed by Humanistic Robotics bears an uncanny resemblance to the sleek and ergonomic controllers used to operate modern console gaming devices such as the Nintendo Wii and the Playstation. With its stubby thumb-operated joysticks and plethora of conveniently-placed buttons, the device would look perfectly at home on…