Kinect-based tech being used to protect Korean border

System that can identify difference between animals and humans currently monitoring demilitarized zone between North and and South Korea.

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Microsoft's motion-control Kinect technology is being used to monitor the border between North and South Korea, according to newly released documentation out of the Asian nation. South Korean programmer Jae Kwan Ko created a Kinect-based software system that is currently being used to scan the demilitarized zone (DMZ) separating the countries, it has been revealed.

A report from South Korean newspaper Hankooki (translated by Kotaku) reveals that the technology has been in place at the border since last summer but was only just recently announced to the public.

The system works by automatically identifying anything that crosses into the DMZ, and can even intelligently detect the difference between animals and humans. Upon the identification of a human crossing the border, the software alerts a close-by outpost.

In the report, Ko said, "I've never even thought of a game system performing national defense tasks." He explained that future iterations of the technology could detect heart rates and heat levels.

It's unclear if the Kinect-based security system is using the Xbox 360's original Kinect or the Xbox One's Kinect camera. The Xbox One has yet to be released in South Korea.

Kinect may have been designed with gaming in mind, but the technology has already seen numerous non-gaming applications. Government organizations like NASA are using Kinect for various research endeavors, and Microsoft's own research lab is looking into ways to leverage the technology to assist with sign language translation.

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Why not just get thermal cameras?

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Kinect finally found its use!

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Ahh, Microsoft expanding into the arms trade.

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Skynet is born

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Kinect. Anything but gaming.

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Open Letter to Kim Jong-Un:

Just arm all your soldiers with a sofa/couch.

You can thank me later.

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They are using a software system "based" off the Kinect, they are not simply taking Kinects connected to XBOX systems and hanging them off trees. Too many Muppets on here can't even comprehend a basic article. Perhaps Gamespot can invest in a system that prevents retards from leaving comments.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> HAHAHAHA LOOOOL XBOX hanging from trees, wow, you my friend made my day

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<< LINK REMOVED >> pot, meet kettle!

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Poor little north Koreans.....they just want out.

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I wonder if they need an Xbox Live subscription in order for it to work. j/k, probably doesn't.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I think countries like the USA already have far better tech for this kind of thing.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> SHHHhhhhhhhhhhh the NSA well read this just incase **** THE NSA

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<< LINK REMOVED >> America isn't interested in protecting the Mexican border.

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Since it's not very useful for games, it's good that it's good for something.

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At least it's useful for something.

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But how well does it detect against bullets or missiles? Being in a militarized zone, those are the things that are most likely to cross this border. Does this also mean my government can stop spending my money on soldiers over there and start spending my money on soldiers in the borders of my own country? Kinect would be more productive in determining what is human and what is not in the southern border states. Save money and be more productive? When it's the government, no way!

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Its also being used to spy on American citizens right in their own homes.

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This is why Kinect voice commands don't respond to some gamer voices. The hairy gamers are identified as animals.

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Lol!!!I love this comment, keep it up mate.

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This doesn't add much to the NSA Spybox One argument- it sounds like this Kinect-like camera system is merely tracking motion to detect people, which is, simply put, what the Kinect is designed to do

Unless, of course, the cameras are capable of identifying individual people, but that's not what it says here

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Well Sony's Eye Toy was the first home spying device sold for gaming... Right?

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Most playstation 2s weren't connected to the internet i dont think, so no, it wasn't used for spying.

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But but the Kinect was made for gaming, not for monitoring people, right? RIGHT?

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Not to be ignorant or anything but before the Kinect was even thought of they had camera's with the same capabilities as the Kinect, so why has this item been used for so many other things?

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I think, no one want to trade with them... cameras with that type of tech needs to be upgraded from time to time but that cost money to program and etc, I think because Microsoft issues free upgrades for them to download, it's may be cost effective to the Koreans.

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this proves that microsoft invented kinect for the use of spying and not gaming. if you use it as a gaming device, it blows even for casual gamers. but its still good enough to be used as a spying tool in one of the technological most advanced armys of this world.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Just to add fuel to your foil hat paranoia. MS didn't develop the tech in the first one, it was a company in Israel.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Everything proves that MS invented the kinect for everything but gaming.... It's the main issue they have right now...

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is it something like a camera?

oh wait...

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Bad. Remember. You are the controller. Kinect is merely the port you plug the controller into.

No. That doesn't work. Um...

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So...all they need to do to avert a conflict is to hook up these Kinects to an Imax screen playing Just Dance 2014.

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Forgive my ignorance, but why do south Koreans have turrets that can pick off any heat dissipating organism within the DMZ if they offer free asylum to North Korean defectors?

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Not all people who cross the border are defectors, some of the people trying to cross the border are spies.

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So it is useful for something! Now I know what "The Cloud" is for! All those photos!

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"The system works by automatically identifying anything that crosses into the DMZ, and can even intelligently detect the difference between animals and humans."

So people have tried the 2-man animal suit and failed, huh?

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finally! the north koreans will be able to touch their games! this is solid concrete proof and irrefutable statement of X1's superiority