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Microsoft and Qualcomm's Vision AI Developer Kit hits general availability

What you need to know

  • Microsoft and Qualcomm's Vision AI Developer Kit is now generally available.
  • The developer kit includes a camera and software needed to work with multiple Azure platforms.
  • The kit can be ordered through Arrow Electronics for $249.

Microsoft and Qualcomm have released the Vision AI Developer Kit. The dev kit includes a camera and software required to work with multiple Azure platforms. With it, companies can use Azure IoT Edge and Azure Machine Learning. The kit is based on the Qualcomm Vision Intelligence Platform and powered by Qualcomm AI Engine. The dev kit was announced last year and was available in preview last summer (opens in new tab), but it is now generally available to the public. The kit can be purchased for $249 from Arrow Electronics.

The Vision AI Developer Kit supports end-to-end Azure enabled solutions as well as real-time image processing. In the block post announcing its availability, Microsoft shares a couple of examples of the kit in action, including a company tracking if all employees are wearing a hard hat on a construction site and a company tracking the stock on store shelves.

The Vision AI Developer Kit can be used with three different options for developers. Custom Vision (opens in new tab) is an Azure Cognitive Service that can be used without requiring code development. It uses the Snapdragon Neural Processing Engine. Azure Machine Learning (opens in new tab) allows users to use code, visual drag and drop, and automated machine learning experiences. Visual Studio Code allows developers to modify sample modules and create their own code which can be containerized and deployed on the camera.

Sean Endicott is the news writer for Windows Central. If it runs Windows, is made by Microsoft, or has anything to do with either, he's on it. Sean's been with Windows Central since 2017 and is also our resident app expert. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at sean.endicott@futurenet.com.

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  • It would be really nice if WC would link to the actual new announcement post from MS and Qualcomm, especially since you went to the trouble of linking to the old post for when the preview was announced. I've noticed this happens here a lot with product announcements and even Insider Builds on WC. Not having them even feels a bit self-centered on WC's part, as if saying the readers shouldn't want/need to read the original announcement. Even just having a "Source" link at the bottom would be appreciated. For others interested, the announcement post is here: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/microsoft-and-qualcomm-accelerate...