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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