At the MWC 2019 exhibition in Barcelona CompanyMicrosoft introduced a device that returns to consumers a gadget, previously manufactured under the Kinect brand, and intended for remote control of games using motion sensors and a microphone system. The company removed Kinect from mass production in 2017.
The new Azure Kinect device isan improved version of the predecessor and is available for use in a single complex with augmented reality glasses HoloLens 2, also announced by the company at the exhibition MWC 2019.
Azure Kinect is a peripheralA computer device that processes video and audio information in the Azure cloud service. At the same time, the technologies of artificial intelligence, in particular, machine vision, are actively used. The price of a new gadget is 400 dollars.
Principles of Azure Kinect device werereleased at last year's Microsoft Build Conference. The novelty uses a 12 megapixel RGB camera and a time-of-flight sensor, which is responsible for estimating the image depth (a similar sensor is installed in HoloLens 2). The speaker system of the device consists of seven microphones.
Azure Kinect is currently being tested by Ocuvera, a medical company, to monitor the situation of patients in order to alert medical staff of cases of falling patients.