‘Xbox, detect intruder. No, no, not order pizza, detect intruder! Detect intruder! Damn it.’
People may anecdotally refer to Microsoft’s Kinect sensor having issues up the kazoo with voice and motion detection, but apparently, the defense forces at the world’s most militarized border think that it is more than good enough. Hankooki has reported that the surveillance system monitoring the North and South Korea border is actually using a network of connected Kinect sensors.
The system was put together and assembled by self-taught coder Jae Kwan Ko and put into action back in August; it is using the Xbox 360 version of the camera (just to be clear, this has VGA resolutions), and can detect whether an animal or a human is crossing the border. If it is the latter, it immediately alerts the authorities.
I’ve never even thought of a game system performing national defense tasks,” said Ko. He added that a future iteration of the framework will be able to detect heart rates and heat signatures, which is probably implying that they will move to the Xbox One version of the sensor, which is more sophisticated and advanced than the Xbox 360 one.
Tune in tomorrow, as we report that the NSA uses the Wii U’s streaming technology for short range data transmission.