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Microsoft and DJI team up to make drones AI-powered, announces new SDK

08 May 2018 2

At the current Microsoft Build 2018 developer conference, DJI took the stage to announce a strategic partnership with Microsoft to make drones smarter and more capable than ever. It revealed its plans to bring artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to drones and to achieve this goal, it unveiled an all-new SDK for developers.

This new SDK will allow developers to offer a deeper integration between DJI drones and any Windows 10 PC. It means drone flyers will be able to make most of their drones by controlling almost every aspect of their PC. It will include direct live feed transfer to a Windows PC and eliminate the need of having a small controller and then transferring that to a PC. It will further offer full control over the flight and data transfer in real-time.

While these changes would benefit any drone user, they are specifically aimed at enterprises to help them achieve their specific goals. It will also make it possible for developers to create custom and native Windows 10 apps that can be used for particular industries. To make it even better, it will further make it possible to integrate third-party payloads and robotic components.

DJI further announced that it will be using Microsoft's Azure as its preferred cloud service provider for commercial solutions. It will be making use of Azure's AI and machine learning capabilities to help turn vast quantities of aerial imagery and video data into actionable insights.

Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of Cloud and Enterprise Group at Microsoft said,

“As computing becomes ubiquitous, the intelligent edge is emerging as the next technology frontier. DJI is the leader in commercial drone technology, and Microsoft Azure is the preferred cloud for commercial businesses. Together, we are bringing unparalleled intelligent cloud and Azure IoT capabilities to devices on the edge, creating the potential to change the game for multiple industries spanning agriculture, public safety, construction and more.”

The newly announced DJI SDK for Windows is in beta stage an is currently available only to the attendees of the developer conference. It will be made available to a wider audience starting fall 2018.


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