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Microsoft Kinect stands guard on the Korean border


February 3, 2014

The DMZ separating North and South Korea is now being monitored by a Kinect sensor (Photo: Shutterstock)

The DMZ separating North and South Korea is now being monitored by a Kinect sensor (Photo: Shutterstock)

Microsoft's Kinect sensor has provided the basis for a system now monitoring the demilitarized zone (DMZ) separating North and South Korea, local news outlet Hankooki reports.

Korea's new border protection guard was reportedly deployed in August 2013, though wasn't revealed to the public until recently. Developed by South Korean programmer Jae Kwan Koe, the Kinect-based system is able to monitor the DMZ, distinguish humans from animals and in the case of a breach, alert nearby military outposts.

This isn't the first case of South Korea exploring extraordinary border protection measures. At the Korea Robot World expo in 2010, its military showcased Super aEgis 2, an automated gun turret that can lock onto human targets from miles away.

Source: Hankooki

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1 Comment

Heh,.. this is so Skynet.

Will be interested how this compares against the Super aEgis 2.

Once they've worked out the bugs, it would be a great consumer product for household security. Being able to tell a cat from a person in your front yard.

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