Microsoft and Qualcomm have announced a new partnership at Microsoft’s annual developer event Build 2018 – a vision AI developer kit for developers to create camera-based IoT solutions.
The vision AI developer kit is based on Qualcomm Vision Intelligence Platform with fully integrated support for Azure Machine Learning and Azure IoT Edge, cloud computing tools and services provided by Microsoft.
AI models can run locally on the device that’s built with the developer kit, to enable real-time AI performance, Microsoft said. In other words, the devices will be able to interpret locally what they see, instead of having to send the data to the cloud for analysis.
The kit also includes Qualcomm Snapdragon Neural Processing Engine, which powers on-device execution.
“This partnership allows developer to start building AI offerings with prebuilt solutions – including customizable models – or create new AI models and deploy directly to the cloud or to the new hardware accelerated devices,” Microsoft says in a statement.
The kit will help innovators deliver the next generation of AI-enabled robotics, industrial safety, retail, home and enterprise security cameras, smart home devices and more, Microsoft says.
In the same event Microsoft said it will enable its Custom Vision cognitive service to run on Azure IoT Edge. With the new feature, devices like drones and industrial equipment can perform vision-related activities even when they are not connected to the cloud.
The company also released a new Speech Devices software development kit, targeting smart speakers and other voice-enabled devices, to provide audio processing from multi-channel sources for more accurate speech recognition, far-field voice and noise cancellation.