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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SwimSwim says:

Well damn, Kinect: more than gaming, now helping with national security.

Dadstar0410 says:

Yet another example of Microsoft empowering us all.

thaman04 says:

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

NIST says:

How close do they need to be to the sensor?

Soulforge says:

That's why your goverment is wanting you to buy an Xbox One...

Soulforge says:

Sheesh, who knew the Americans were so tetchy.

lubbalots says:

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

Hmmm so i think government can also use it to spy on people's homes as well

x_rus_x says:

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.

thaman04 says:

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

greg2k says:

Define wrong. There's the problem.

bankrober0 says:

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

Smg-Uk says:

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

Yeah. As though Microsoft would let them, or do it for a huge fee at the least?

herbertsnow says:

The tin foil hat crowd don't have common sense.

Live2Deliver says:

like explosives and nuclear power, any useful tool is a double-edged sword. Depends on who uses it on what.

OMG55 says:

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.

willied says:

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.

ULOP3Z says:

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!

See, the problem is they can watch you after you turn your Xbox off.

ULOP3Z says:

Again, I have nothing to hide and they have better things to do than watch me wank it!

lubbalots says:

Why don't you go sue MS for privacy concerns. Why doesn't everyone?

Ken Heslip says:

Because MS are only obeying the law brought in by the Patriot Act. This is all so 2001.

lubbalots says:

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!

Or maybe Glenn beck is watching you

lubbalots says:

The government have many resources to spy on anyone and everyone. You don't need worry about Kinect.

Ken Heslip says:

I hope you don't use a phone. Morse code is safest IMO.....but then there's smoke signalling.

VHMP01 says:

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!

thaman04 says:

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.

Chef316 says:

Very cool use of the Kinect Technology

Aashish13 says:

Kinect a big boon

I would like to be spied while shagging my hot Brazilian girlfriend. Top of the world.

rodrione says:

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?

cagatayonall says:

Black is coming Lumia 520 in turkey I am downloading black

NSA spying on the DMZ now? Jk

MrGoodSmith says:

Achievement Unlocked: Detected 1000 intruders

minhin says:

+1000 on that sir.  You just made me LOL'ed

makarand14 says:

Made my day!!

ltjordan24 says:

  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).

Oh the possibilities .... Oh the dumb irony

tomakali says:

Kinect Tech has endless possibilities...

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

Fizoto says:

And here I'm yelling at Kinect to save my Skyrim progress.