The Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019 kicked off today and the global tech giants Huawei, Xiaomi, Nokia and Microsoft has already shown its premium products. While OEMs unveiled a range of products including 5G-compliant foldable phones and smartphones, Microsoft featured in its MWC 2019 press release HoloLens 2 – your next generation of mixed reality headsets.
However, HoloLens 2 wasn’t the only product Microsoft announced in its MWC 2019 keynote address. The Redmond-based company also took home the Azure Kinect (DK) development kit wrappers.
The Azure Kinect Developer Kit is a PC peripheral and is designed to connect to the cloud and be used for tasks related to computer vision without the need for a computer.
The PC peripheral includes the latest Microsoft artificial intelligence sensors and the 7-microphone spatial array for computer vision and speech solutions. The Azure Kinect combines a 1 MP depth sensor, the same ToF (time of flight) sensor developer for the HoloLens 2 with a 12 MP camera and the spatial microphone array, all in one package. Developer kit is less than 5 inches long and 1.5 inches thick.
It works with a range of “compute types” and has a “smart edge” where Azure Kinect DK can capture a high level of visual and auditory information and interpret those inputs.
To recall, the Kinect initially as an Xbox 360 accessory for motion detection allows users to control games with gestures. But the experimental range of motion-controlled camera and microphone for gaming died in 2017, mainly because no one really knew what to make of it. However, Microsoft announced the Kinect Project for Azure at its 2018 Build Conference last year.
The new Azure Kinect DK will allow developers to use less power in potential applications and use AI in images to implement AI algorithms in smaller networks. The edge Points out. In particular, Microsoft has partnered with healthcare company Ocuvera, which uses the Azure Kinect sensor to prevent patients from falling in hospitals and nursing homes. Microsoft has announced that the new Azure Kinect DK will be available for pre-order for $ 399 starting February 24, initially launching in China and the US market.
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