As an opening act to the much-anticipated long-awaited HoloLens 2 at Mobile World Congress Barcelona on Sunday, Microsoft showed the standalone Azure Kinect time for the flight sensor, which also happens to provide improved human and environmental understanding. of the next generation's enhanced reality head.
Initially introduced in May, the Azure Kinect developer package is now available for pre-ordering $ 399, which is in line with similar peripherals like the Occipital Structure Core.
Of course, the Kinect name is familiar to players and consumers as motion detection peripheral for Xbox and Windows. While Microsoft has discontinued the product as a consumer product, the depth sensor has been the key to the geographic mapping feature and the recognition of the original HoloLens.
Azure Kinect not only serves as a deep donor for HoloLens 2 but also as an affiliate for business enterprises. The standalone unit includes a 1MP sensor and a 12MP CMOS sensor with a rolling door for the RGB camera along with a set of seven microphones that can act as eyes and ears for any computer.
According to published technical specifications, the device is compatible with Windows 10 and requires a computer with at least a seventh generation Intel CoreTM i3 processor (dual core 2.4 GHz with HD620 GPU or faster), 4 GB memory and one dedicated USB3 port.  The device, along with the software development package, allows users to integrate environmental awareness into modern factories, stores and even hospitals. According to a video published by Microsoft, the company provided early access to Azure Kinect to only three companies. One of these companies Datamesh is a data-analysis company based in China that uses a strengthened reality to train first line workers in the manufacturing industry.
"In China, the manufacturing industry has 400 million industrial people, but only 5% of them are technically enabled," said Jie Li, CEO of Datamesh, in a video (below) illustrating how Azure Kinect can be used by business owners. ecosystem and we see that there is a great potential in education, quality control and how we can detect a mixed reality object. "
Meanwhile, AVA Retail has integrated Azure Kinect into its autonomous storage technology.
" Azure Kinect gives you two main components – the sound that happens in space, as well as the video – and the accuracy of that sensor has been one of the best, "says Atul Hirpara, CEO of AVA Retail, in the same video." In addition, since the field of view is larger, it can cover more area with a smaller unit. "
Finally, the video shows how Ocuvera produced a fall prevention system for healthcare facilities that uses the data vision to detect patients at risk of falling into real time, a solution that Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella referred to during the company's presentation at Microsoft's Mobile World Congress event.
"We've probably used all the deep cameras built around the world. There is no other camera. It can do what we needed. We are the only computer-based fall prevention solution in the market," said Steve Kiene, CEO of Ocuvera. is a game changer in every way, and if you come back, if you feel emotional about what you can do you will find great things that people have never thought to do, and you can do it with Azure Kinect. "
While Microsoft has placed HoloLens 2 as the new wave of modern computing for business, Azure Kinect has been the solution – and operating groups that design infrastructure for these companies, it is a suitable dual function for Kinect's latest incarnation, which, even in its original life as a gaming equipment, was a popular toy for tinkerers as well.
Although Azure Kinect was designed for business It easily finds its way into the DIY AR headset ecosystem, where projects like Leap Motion Project North Star use innovative ways to build new AR units. It will be interesting to see how some members of the manufacturer community will integrate the unit into their projects in the near future. months and years
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