Microsoft partners with DJI on AI model SDK for drones

Laverne Mann
May 8, 2018

Microsoft is kicking off its annual Build developer conference in Seattle today, May 7, starting with its opening keynote this morning (a second keynote is happening tomorrow).

DJI and Microsoft are already working together to advance technology for precision farming with Microsoft's FarmBeats solution, which aggregates and analyzes data from aerial and ground sensors using AI models running on Azure IoT Edge.

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At Microsoft Build, Microsoft announced new opportunities that help developers create smarter ways for people to work, including new tools that give them the flexibility to design experiences in the languages and frameworks of their choice.

The chips will initially be available within Microsoft's Azure machine learning service for 42 cents an hour.

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Facebook had its F8 developers' gathering last week. Additionally, DJI has chosen to make Azure its "preferred cloud provides" for its commercial drone and software services.

It is expected that Microsoft might announce its plans for the upcoming Surface device at Build 2018. Office 365 has been a monumental success for the company and they would like Microsoft 365 to follow that same path but the road ahead has many more bumps and fewer monetization options when compared to Office. Also now in preview is the Live Share feature for Visual Studio, which makes it simpler for developers to collaborate with fellow team members in real time. It's Microsoft's attempt to integrate high-tech hand tracking and spatial mapping technologies with Azure's machine learning, cognitive services, and IoT Edge. Microsoft also announced that SharePoint is being integrated to a deeper level with Teams - so that users can pin a SharePoint page into channels, for instance.

Microsoft is also launching a number of new technologies for developers around making better use of data and AI in their solutions.

This will also be coming in a more limited form to iOS if you use Microsoft Edge on iOS, which I would assume is a pretty small percentage of iOS users.

Elsewhere, Microsoft is bringing its speech recognition tech to developers with the new Speech Devices SDK.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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