Microsoft announces Azure Kinect, a successor to Kinect for Windows

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At a press event today, Microsoft today announced Azure Kinect, a successor to the Kinect for Windows. The new Azure Kinect is a connected depth camera that enables enterprise to build AI vision solutions. Azure Kinect features best in class depth sensor, high definition 4K camera and a microphone array (7 mics). This device is meant for developers and commercial businesses, not general consumers like us. Azure Kinect is designed to make it easy for developers to work with Azure, but it can be used with or without any cloud provider.

What’s inside Azure Kinect:

  1. 1-MP depth sensor with wide and narrow FOV options which enable the user to optimize for their application
  2. 7-mic array to enable far-field speech and sound capture
  3. 12-MP RGB video camera for additional color stream that’s aligned to the depth stream
  4. Accelerometer and gyroscope (IMU) that enable sensor orientation and spatial tracking
  5. External sync pins to easily synchronize sensor streams from multiple Kinects simultaneously

Azure Kinect costs $399 and developers can pre-order it today from Microsoft.

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