During Build 2018 developer conference early this year, Microsoft and DJI announced that they will release a new SDK that will bring full flight control and real-time data transfer capabilities to hundreds of millions of Windows 10 PCs. At DJI’s AirWorks conference today, Microsoft and DJI released the public preview of the Windows SDK. This will allow developers to integrate and control third-party payloads like multispectral sensors, robotic components like custom actuators, and more. With this SDK, developers can use the following methods to enable Azure AI services to interact with drone imagery and video in real-time:
- Drone imagery can be sent directly to Azure for processing by an AI workload.
- Drone imagery can be processed on Windows running Azure IoT Edge with an AI workload.
- Drone imagery can be processed directly onboard drones running Azure IoT Edge with an AI workload.
On a related note, Microsoft today also announced that AirMap has selected Microsoft Azure as its exclusive cloud-computing platform for its drone traffic management platform and developer ecosystem.