South Korean programmer puts Microsoft's Kinect to use on border surveillance


A heavily defended border separates both North and South Korea, but the Microsoft Kinect has been modified to help out South Korea's border patrol by programmer Jae Kwan Ko. The Kinect was deployed back in August last year, which reportedly identifies objects crossing the DMZ (Demilitarised Zone). The device itself can discern the difference between humans and animals, alerting nearby outposts should the former be detected.

Ko states that the sensor will detect heart rates as well as heat in the future, which sounds as though the DMZ Kinect will be upgraded with the Xbox One version. There's not much else to the story, probably due to the involvement of national security. But this is certainly an interesting scenario for Microsoft's video game console accessory to be deployed in.

Source: Kotaku; thanks, HeyCori, for the heads up!


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South Korean programmer puts Microsoft's Kinect to use on border surveillance


Kinect has been used in hospitals and many engineering facilities as well.  It's a wonderful piece of tech :)

Meanwhile, we have dumb folks out there complaining, "Kinect is stupid. Its $100 too expensive! I just wanna play games."

Ignorant idiot who doesn't think his mind. Why don't you research the patriot act? Why don't you read about the NSA scandal.

Just beacuse they can, doesn't mean they legally can ;).   They're only allowed to spy on you if they have legally reason to, and I believe a warrant to show Microsoft.  I don't think regular consumers who don't do anything wrong need to worry about that :P

The patriot act erected after 9/11 this empowered the government to do this stuff. The only thing was that you were suspected or if they think you are involved with something

And why would they spend loads of money watching people play xbox etc... Common Sense get some!

Whatever it takes to keep America safe! I've got nothing to hide. If they don't get it, the hackers will. Ask visa, target, yahoo, best buy Neiman Marcus, etc.

But spying on us does virtually nothing to keep us safe, and it's a slippery slope. You shouldn't put so much trust in the government.

So what if the government is watching me? I have nothing to hide, if they want to watch me play xbox all day, well go ahead, but wait they got better things to do like i dont know.. STOP TERRORIST ATTACKS!

Then we should all know by now who or what is all at fault with all this spying and NSA bullcrap, right? Its not ms, its not Kinect, its not Facebook. These are just scapegoats for societies own faults. No 911, no NSA!

And they also can with something as common as a web cam! Which by they way, has been part of laptops (lately Smarphones and Tablets) for over 10 years now!

The modified version does sound like the Xbox One Kinect... pretty cool!  And it shows the cool possibilties in the future of gaming as well using the device all Xbox One owners already have.  That's why they gave it a tagline 'Future-ready'.... can't wait to see what else comes.

they must be pretty dumb watching me through my xbox one doing nothing all day (what most people do while at home)boring stuff...anyways most of you people put every thing about their lifes on internet and then are scare that the government is watching?

  Microsoft's next frontier is home security. I should be able to stream security videos from my house to my WP8 using the Xbox One (once I get one).

Kinect Tech has endless possibilities...

But id like to see Kinect with array cam, long range Infrascopy for Air, Naval Survilence.