Microsoft Build 2018: DJI partners, HoloLens Layout, AI models (update)

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Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) partners with DJI on a Windows 10 drone SDK that will allow full flight control and data transfer between PCs running the operating system and the drones.

The SDK makes it easier to integrate third-party hardware.

Microsoft Azure will work together to use Microsoft Azure as DJI’s preferred cloud provider.

Floor plans: The new mixed reality program Microsoft Layout will let HoloLens users design a floor plan with holographic furniture.

Users can first define the floor plan in Windows Mixed Reality then move models around on it or a VR headset before going to a physical location to use HoloLens to see the plan alongside existing objects.

AI models: Project Brainwave, the system for running AI models with specialized chips, is now available in preview mode on Azure. Developers can deploy models on programmable silicon for higher performance than CPUs and GPUs.

Microsoft says Brainwave puts Azure as the fastest cloud running real-time AI.

Disability AI: Microsoft pledges $25M to an “AI for accessibility” effort focused on how AI could help those with disabilities.

The project will involve a mix of tech commitments, grants, and other assistance.

Will update with more news as it breaks.

Microsoft shares are up 1.4% to $96.50.

Kinect returns: Microsoft is bringing back the Kinect by moving it to the cloud.

The Project Kinect for Azure will combine the depth sensor with Azure AI services to help developers make more precise devices that use less power. The company says that AI deep learning on depth images could create AI algorithms that are cheaper to deploy. 

Cortana + Alexa: Microsoft demonstrates Cortana and Alexa running in tandem, the result of an integration agreement first announced last year. The project is still in development with a limited beta up right now. 

Meeting improvements: The company shows off a new conical device for simplifying meetings. The tool recognizes speech patterns and automatically transcribes them for remote users and visually recognizes meeting participants joining the room. 

The device also syncs with Cortana for things like finding a meeting room or determining the best meeting time for all team members.  

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