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Qualcomm and Microsoft partner to create vision AI developer kit

Qualcomm and Microsoft partner to create AI developer kit

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Qualcomm and Microsoft are no strangers: In recent months, the two companies have teamed up together on bringing Cortana to smart device platforms and to launch the first Windows 10 on ARM PCs. Today at Build 2018, the Microsoft announced that the two are joining forces once again – this time as part of an effort centered on AI and developers.

Together, Microsoft and Qualcomm are creating a vision AI developer kit. Running Azure IoT Edge, the kit includes the hardware and software needed for developers to create camera-based IoT solutions. According to Microsoft, the camera can take advantage of Azure machine learning and cognitive services such as Custom Vision, which is now available to run at the edge, allowing devices to locally interpret what they see.

"This partnership allows developers 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 said in a blog post (opens in new tab) today. "They can do so using the same powerful IoT Edge platform they have been using to manage other IoT devices and edge deployments — use a single pane of glass to manage all their AI assets across the cloud and the edge."

This is the second major partnership announced at Build, following up on a commercial meeting of the minds between Microsoft and drone maker DJI. Both partnerships focus on a key theme for Build 2018, however: AI and the intelligent edge.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the Editor in Chief for Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl. Got a hot tip? Send it to daniel.thorp-lancaster@futurenet.com.

4 Comments
  • And when it doesn't work out, MS will disown it, again
  • This feels more like one of those things that a company announces & then that's the last you ever hear about it.
  • It's an on and off relationship. Next, we'll see them on LivePD, having a domestic dispute, one of them running around in the street drunk off their asses.
  • Security cameras that have to phone home, not going to happen