Kinect on the Korean border


Today inspirational project provides another example of how the Kinect has exploded so far beyond mere gaming that it's almost scary. (in a very cool way)..

This article from Tom Warren about Jae Kwan Ko's Kinect project is pretty awesome. Also, notice the Kinect for Windows v2 device? If he can do this with v1...

Kinect is helping guard the Korean border


Microsoft’s Kinect sensor has been used in many weird and wonderful ways, including turning a bathtub into a giant liquid touch screen, and its obvious use alongside the Oculus Rift. While it’s moving rapidly away from its origins as a games console accessory, self-taught programmer Jae Kwan Ko is extending its use even further as a method of border protection. South Korea and North Korea are separated by a heavily armed border and Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), and Ko has developed software and hardware for a system that uses Kinect to detect moving objects.

Hankook Ilbo reports that Ko’s system was supplied to the US Army back in August, and it has since been installed at some parts of the DMZ. The Kinect-powered system can detect whether a moving object is human or an animal, and it will automatically trigger alerts at the army base if its detects human movement. " ...

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