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access_time February 3, 2014 at 2:30 PM in Culture by Charlie Grammer

Kinect-based software is being utilized to monitor the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea

Kinect: Useful for much more than just gaming.

Kinect: Useful for much more than just gaming.

Today we’ve learned that a South Korean programmer by the name of Jae Kwan Ko has developed a special Kinect-based software to monitor the Demilitarized Zone, or DMZ, that separates North from South Korea. While it’s true that this software has been utilized since August, it’s only been revealed that it is being used for national defense recently.

The software, which can detect the differences between animals and humans, identifies any and all objects that cross the DMZ. If the object is an animal, nothing will happen, however if the object is a human the system will alert the nearby outpost.

The site that reported this, Hanooki (via Kotaku) spoke to Ko about the system, and he replied, “I’ve never even thought of a game system performing national defense tasks.” He went on to add that the sensor will be upgraded to detect heart rates and heat in the future.

What are your thoughts on Kinect being utilized to assist in national security?


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