Microsoft Launches Azure Kinect DK Sensor, Bringing AI To The Edge

Microsoft has launched the new Azure Kinect as a developer kit -- fueled by the power of the cloud.

At Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019, Microsoft, alongside the unveiling of HoloLens 2, also wrapped off Azure Kinect Developer Kit (DK).
 
The Azure Kinect Developer Kit is a PC peripheral which is designed to connect to the cloud and be used for computer vision-related tasks without the need of a computer.
 
Azure Kinect DK 
Source: Microsoft 
 
Originally, Microsoft had launched Kinect as an Xbox 360 accessory for motion sensing so people could control games with their gestures. And it was a successful console accessory initially, but its bundling and lack of games with the Xbox-One forced the company to rethink its entire approach to Kinect. Microsoft has now packed all of its impressive work with Kinect into a tiny sensor.
 
The PC peripheral includes a 1MP depth camera, 360° microphone array, 12MP RGB camera, and orientation sensor for building advanced computer vision and speech models. The sensor measures less than 5 inches long and is 1.5 inches thin.
 
Though the developers have already been using Kinect sensors for research, apps, and many other alternative uses, now this smaller sensor, powered with the cloud, will open Kinect up to even more uses.
 
This new PC peripheral will allow developers to use less power in potential applications, and use AI on depth images to deploy AI algorithms on smaller networks. You can use the sensor alone, or pair it with other Azure Kinect sensors to create a 3D map of a room.
 
Azure Kinect DK is available for preorder for $399.