Xbox sensor guards Koreas’ border


Microsoft’s movement-recognition Kinect software has morphed from virtual shooter gaming to the real-life challenge of guarding the world’s last Cold War border.

The sensor allowing hands-free play on the Xbox is the basis for a security device now deployed along the demilitarized zone (DMZ) that separates North and South Korea, program developer Ko Jae-Kwan said Thursday.

The Kinect-based software, made by Ko’s Saewan Co., has been taken up by the military because of its ability to differentiate between human and animal movement.

Ko, 39, said the device could detect the sound, movement and direction of anybody attempting to cross the DMZ and immediately alert South Korean border guards.

The new sensors have been in place along certain sections of the DMZ since August last year.