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South Koreans Using Kinect To Monitor DMZ 133

Posted by samzenpus
from the state-game dept.
Nerval's Lobster writes "The South Korean government is reportedly using Microsoft's Kinect motion-based game controller to monitor the heavily guarded DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) that separates the country from North Korea. The brainchild of freelance South Korean developer Jae Kwan Ko, the system is reportedly capable of differentiating between people and animals. (Hat tip to Kotaku, which originally ferreted out the story from South Korean publication Hankooki .) That makes it superior to the infrared systems already in use along the DMZ, which have a harder time determining whether a moving object is human. The Kinect-based system can send alerts of suspicious activity to the nearest military outpost. While the South Korean government reportedly installed the hardware at select portions of the DMZ last year, news about it is only emerging now—and details are relatively scarce, considering how this is a military project. Despite that secrecy, the South Korean government is playing up Jae Kwan Ko's contributions, highlighting him in the local media as an example of innovation and creative drive. Largely self-taught, he makes money by building apps for various mobile platforms—most of which, presumably, have nothing to do with detecting military threats."
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South Koreans Using Kinect To Monitor DMZ

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  • Re: Sad times (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Qzukk (229616) on Monday February 03, 2014 @02:46PM (#46142981) Journal

    The easy answer:
    1) the liberals hope they'll vote for them because they tend to be poor.
    2) the Republicans hope they'll vote for them because they tend to be Catholic and anti-abortion.

    The real answer:
    X) the corporations hope they'll work for them at sub-market wages because they're entitled to cheap labor.

    It's telling that back when Bush Jr was governor here, he'd talk a big talk about cracking down on immigrants, then he'd be called into a meeting of the Chamber of Commerce, and he'd tone it down after that. He got to be president and his puppet masters had to make him come down against the Minutemen militia, despite the fact that no matter what your opinion of the second amendment is, just about every interpretation of it supports a regulated militia for the defense of our borders from invasion.

  • by jratcliffe (208809) on Monday February 03, 2014 @06:45PM (#46145311)

    Let's see, USA has America's Army, PRC has The Glorious Mission, what does ROK call their war recruitment game?

    "Who Wants To Eat Something?"

    That would be the DPRK's version.

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