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Microsoft Azure Kinect: what can you do with it?

Kinect with spatial data

Azure Kinect is an advanced spatial developer kit that includes advanced Vision and Speech models, advanced AI sensors, and a number of powerful SDKs that connect to Azure Cognitive Services.

Using Azure Kinect, manufacturing, retail, healthcare, and media companies can leverage spatial data and context to improve operational security, improve performance, increase results, and optimize the customer experience.

This blog provides a number of practical examples of how to use the Microsoft Azure Kinect. Curious about more examples or use cases? Please contact us.

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Healthcare: Developing safer solutions and increasing engagement

Use computer vision to track and monitor training movements and general fitness. Create a smart gym experience to improve results or develop an accessible and efficient recovery solution.

Combine real-time depth sensor data with AI-driven insights. Prevent and mitigate potential accidents and injuries in healthcare settings with predictive alerts.


Manufacturing: Provide better security and performance

Use advanced body tracking and monitor and analyze employee movement and behavior. Design safer and more ergonomic workstations that can reduce long-term risk and improve productivity through job analysis and process optimization.

Combine real-time depth sensor data with cognitive services for AI-driven part identification and real-time anomaly detection. Monitor assembly line workers to instantly detect or process issues for just-in-time recovery.


Media: New approach to communication and engagement

Add Computer Vision and speech capabilities to smart displays. Transform your smart displays into interactive, personal kiosks that can improve brand loyalty.

Use depth detection to capture high-value volumetric video for use in interactive 3D environments. Leverage 3D volumetric video for advanced storytelling delivered through interactive XR experiences.


Retail: Transforming Experiences and Accelerating Innovation

Use dimensional analysis to maximize transportation storage space and optimize shipping logistics. Move from predefined delivery routes to real-time routes based on inventory analysis and the resulting last-mile efficiency.

Create a connected retail experience by assigning and monitoring stores in real time. Get actionable customer insights and create alerts that leverage spatial data.


Robotics: Gaining more insight into the environment

Use depth sensing to automate depalletization and palletization processes. Streamline repetitive tasks, such as emptying a pallet, to improve productivity and optimize storage space in smart ways.

Mobilize robotic workers with spatial data. Automate new tasks by bringing robots into human spaces, from collecting online orders and tracking inventory on the shelves to tracking the spatial data of digital twin models.


Frequently asked questions about Microsoft Azure Kinect and Kinect DK

  • Where is Azure Kinect for sale?

    For our business customers, the Microsoft Azure Kinect can be ordered at Unbound VR.

  • How is Azure Kinect DK different from Kinect for Windows?

    Azure Kinect DK includes the best AI sensors: 1 MP time-of-flight depth camera, seven-microphone matrix, 12 MP RGB camera, and IMU. Combine these with Azure services for complete solutions that can be optimized to meet your needs.

  • What does Azure DK mean?

    DK means developer kit. Azure Kinect DK is for developers and commercial businesses, not so much for Consumers. The kit should be used at an ambient temperature of 10-25 degrees Celsius. The Azure Kinect DK does not replace Xbox Kinect.

  • Does Azure Kinect DK only work with Azure?

    Azure Kinect DK is designed to make it easy for developers to work with Azure, but you can also use the solution with any cloud provider or without a cloud provider.

  • Can the Azure Kinect be used with Xbox?

    Azure Kinect DK is not designed for use with Xbox.

  • What are the Azure Kinect system requirements?

    Azure Kinect DK does not have compute power. You can attach Azure Kinect DK to any PC, from a screenless workstation to a desktop. The system requirements are a Windows® 10 PC or Ubuntu 18.04 LTS with a 7th Gen Intel® Core™ i3 processor (Dual Core 2.4 GHz with HD620 GPU or faster), USB 3.0 port and 4 GB RAM. Azure Kinect DK is not available on Windows 10 in S mode. Body tracking and other experiences may require more advanced PC hardware.

Diederik Hermsen- XR Product Specialist

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