|By Le Williams | 2 years ago|
Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella set forth a public announcement at the annual Build conference, explaining an anticipated move of Kinect to the cloud.
“Kinect, when we first launched it in 2010, was a speech-first, gaze-first, vision-first device. It was used in gaming, and then, later on, it came to the PC, and it was used in many applications: medical, industrial, robotics, education,” said Nadella. “We’ve been inspired by what developers have done, and since Kinect, we’ve made a tremendous amount of progress when it comes to some of the foundational technologies in HoloLens. So we’re taking those advances and packaging them up as Project Kinect for Azure.”
The Verge highlights substantial benefits stemming from Microsoft’s new developments. ” Previous issues related to the depth camera and microphone accessory that originally debuted on the Xbox 360 was basically declared dead last October when Microsoft stopped manufacturing it,” Verge reports.
Alex Kipman, a technical fellow at Microsoft, explained in a LinkedIn blog post that Project Kinect for Azure would combine the depth sensor with Azure AI services that could support developers in the innovation of devices that will be more precise “with less power consumption.”
Kipman also notes that AI deep learning on depth images could lead to “cheaper-to-deploy AI algorithms” that require smaller networks to operate.