Report: Microsoft’s Kinect Is Now Used In Korean Border By The Military To Monitor The Demilitarized Zone


We have seen many different fields in which Microsoft’s revolutionary Kinect was being used, this one is quite different. Microsoft’s Kinect is now being used in Korean border by the military to monitor the demilitarized zone. If there was any human intrusion, Kinect will automatically notify the army men about it. Even though the current implementation uses first gen Kinect, they are now planning to upgrade to Xbox One Kinect which will able to detect heart rates and heat maps for more accurate tracking.

Self-taught South Korean programmer Jae Kwan Ko developed a Kinect-based software system to monitor the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone), which separates the two countries. It was deployed at the border last August, but its existence wasn’t made public until recently.

According to news site Hankooki (via tipster Sang), the Kinect-based system identifies objects crossing the DMZ. It can discern the difference between animals and humans. If the system detects a human, it will alert the nearby outpost. Further details are sparse—probably, because this involves national security.

“I’ve never even thought of a game system performing national defense tasks,” Ko is quoted as saying. In the future, Ko says the sensor will detect heart rates and heat—which sounds like the DMZ’s Kinect guard will be upgraded to the Xbox One version.

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via: Kotaku, Source

  • Tirinti

    I ve better idea.
    Promise XBox to evryone who escape from the North.
    Next day there will be noone to defend Kim.

    • Emi the Strange

      I have a better idea… why dont you shut up and try to learn a Little about North vs South Korea, how the conflict started, why some people are proud of being North Koreans and why you just are ignorant and dont know what you are talking about?
      I think thats a better idea

      • Avatar Roku

        North Korea is a giant prison camp. Nobody except government officials want to be stuck in that horrible nightmare. North Korea is hell on Earth Dennis Rodman.

  • S_A_R_K_I_S

    Simply amazing ! Microsoft made the right choice to allow developers to be creative, the above article is interesting to that its been used for this type of application.

  • RoadOfMajor

    I would seriously question the validity of this report. The Kinect has an extremely limited range, and does not work in direct sunlight because it’s based on infrared light. If the South Korean army really wanted similar technology to help guard the border, there are far better, military-grade options available.