Earlier this year, during MWC, Microsoft announced a lapse of a Kinect sensor in a form of an AI developer kit. The $399 Azure Kinect DK camera system includes a 1MP abyss camera, 360-degree microphone, 12MP RGB camera and an course sensor, all in a comparatively tiny package. The pack has been accessible for pre-order for a few months now, yet as a association announced today, it’s now generally accessible and shipping to pre-order business in a U.S. and China.
Unlike a strange Kinect, that launched as an Xbox gaming appendage that never utterly caught on, a Azure Kinect is all business. It’s meant to give developers a height to examination with AI collection and block into Azure’s ecosystem of appurtenance training services (though regulating Azure is not mandatory).
To assistance developers get started, a association already launched a series of SDKs, including a preview of a body-tracking SDK that is tighten to what we might remember from a Kinect’s Xbox days.
The core of a camera has some-more to do with Microsoft’s HoloLens than a strange Kinect. As a association records in a press materials, a Azure Kinect DK uses a same time-of-flight sensor a association grown for a second era of a HoloLens AR visor. And while a concentration here is clearly on regulating a camera, Microsoft also records that a microphone array also allows developers to build worldly debate solutions.
The association is positioning a device as an easy gateway for a users in health and life sciences, retail, logistics and robotics to start experimenting with regulating abyss intuiting and appurtenance learning. We’ve seen rather identical dev kits from others, including Microsoft partner Qualcomm, yet these inclination don’t customarily have a abyss camera that creates a Kinect DK a Kinect.