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Microsoft's Kinect is being used to guard the border between North and South Korea

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posted on Feb, 4 2014 @ 07:45 PM
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While many hardcore gamers wait on a practical use for Microsoft's Kinect sensor beyond the odd gesture and navigation based voice command, the South Korean government has found a way to put the gaming sensors to use. Along with the personnel guarding the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), the military is using Kinect sensors to monitor movement at the border between the North and South, according to reports.



Microsoft's Kinect is being used to guard the border between North and South Korea



This sounds like something out of Call of Duty but apparently South Korea have found a use for Microsoft's swing and miss Kinect. Wonder if they will be upgrading to the new Xbox One system with better camera resolution and such!
LoL

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posted on Feb, 4 2014 @ 07:51 PM
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Well thats a bad idea. All the North Koreans have to do is shout "Xbox turn off" and the surveillance system will shut down



posted on Feb, 4 2014 @ 07:53 PM
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Even more interesting are the types of behaviors that have to be expressed by the soldiers guarding the DMZ, on both sides.

Did ya catch the soldier on the far right side of the picture? Standing at attention halfway behind a building. Silly posturing at best. Someday humans will grow past this kind of thing, or not. Either way it is kinda neat the the Kinect can do the job. Rather have it guarding the border than staring back at me at night......



posted on Feb, 4 2014 @ 07:56 PM
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Mamatus
Even more interesting are the types of behaviors that have to be expressed by the soldiers guarding the DMZ, on both sides.

Did ya catch the soldier on the far right side of the picture? Standing at attention halfway behind a building. Silly posturing at best. Someday humans will grow past this kind of thing, or not. Either way it is kinda neat the the Kinect can do the job. Rather have it guarding the border than staring back at me at night......


Looks like "at ease" to me....and it means the other guys can't see if he's got his hand on his side arm.....not that that's going to stop an invasion of course....



posted on Feb, 4 2014 @ 08:45 PM
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Just about spewed my wine with that one



HAHAHAHA!



posted on Feb, 4 2014 @ 08:47 PM
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Maybe he decided to just do a 180 so as not to be photographed?



posted on Feb, 4 2014 @ 11:08 PM
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Mamatus
Even more interesting are the types of behaviors that have to be expressed by the soldiers guarding the DMZ, on both sides.

Did ya catch the soldier on the far right side of the picture? Standing at attention halfway behind a building. Silly posturing at best. Someday humans will grow past this kind of thing, or not. Either way it is kinda neat the the Kinect can do the job. Rather have it guarding the border than staring back at me at night......


You should watch the Vice video where they goto North Korea. The way each side treats the border is very different. NK wants to project a strong antagonistic front while SK wants to project a non provocative forceful wall.



posted on Feb, 5 2014 @ 01:08 AM
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Yet another reason why I'm getting a PS4 instead.



posted on Feb, 5 2014 @ 01:44 AM
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Once again a country being supplied with weapons from a super power.
Bare with me I'm new to this any tips are grateful.
Thanks.



posted on Feb, 5 2014 @ 03:18 AM
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As long as it is not hooked to any weapons systems…cool. South Koreans are known as serious gamers, some play until they die. Imagine if they were and someone hacked the system. Call of Duty LIVE!



posted on Feb, 5 2014 @ 03:34 AM
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I'm not surprised at all by this - a friend of mine works in a research lab at one of the universities here in Manchester, UK and they routinely use hacked Kinect sensors for scientific purposes.

I think Kinect is a very faddy idea for gaming, but Microsoft's incredible economy of scale means that every Kinect device (both 360 and Xbox One version) is an extremely sophisticated imaging tool. Their department switched to using Kinect sensors when they realised they are every bit as good as scientific devices costing 2 or 3 times as much. They have even better sensors for more specialist purposes though, of course.

Pretty cool! Hopefully someone will work out a way to make fun games with it too.



posted on Feb, 5 2014 @ 03:55 AM
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50 years from now, I can see kids who say they are in the military and yet never leave their parents house. War will be a game to them. Similiar to the movie "Gamer".



posted on Feb, 5 2014 @ 05:40 AM
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Wonder how long until they experience the red ring of death?

Poor South Korean techs better have a spare towel at hand to resolve the issue!
LoL
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posted on Feb, 5 2014 @ 01:24 PM
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That's common for South Korean MPs and military personal. They use weird postures and aggressive like actions to appear strong. Considering North and South Korea are still technically "at war", the last thing you would want to appear is weak to your enemy.

But I agree, it seems a little absurd.


-SAP-



posted on Feb, 5 2014 @ 08:42 PM
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That technology is not new, ghost hunters and such were using it before Kinect. However, first thing I thought of was "Ender's Game."




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