Rumors had it that Microsoft was working on creating a new business opportunity of its seemingly failed consumer rollout of Kinect 2.0 hardware. Today, February 24, 2019, at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Microsoft unveiled its plan for the future of Kinect by annoucing Azure Kinect.
The rebranded Kinect hardware is now being positioned as an IoT camera that is meant to work in conjunction with Microsoft's Azure cloud services in areas such as warehouses, hospitals, retail, construction, and more.
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Visiting the Project Azure Kinect website offers scant details regarding specs and pricing, bWould ut here are some of the highlights Microsoft is willing to tout at this moment.
- Get started with a range of SDKs, including an open-source Sensor SDK.
- Experiment with multiple modes and mounting options.
- Add cognitive services and manage connected PCs with easy Azure integration.
- Approach critical business challenges in new and innovative ways.
We'll follow up with more details as they become available.