Microsoft Takes Augmented Reality Deeper with HoloLens 2, Kinect Dev Kit
… visualization and speech models. The 7-inch device has a sensor and spatial microphone with a video and orientation sensor and comes with SDKs and related documentation.
“Azure Kinect is an intelligent edge device that doesn’t just see and hear, it understands the people environment, the objects, the actions — and the level of accuracy you can achieve is unprecedented,” said Microsoft Azure corporate VP Julia White.
The tool is the latest iteration of Kinect, the motion-detection sensor device first introduced as an add-on to its Xbox gaming system and later for vertical solutions in retail, manufacturing and health care. Microsoft and ISV partner Ocuvera is using the kit to help aids and nurses at Cleveland Clinic predict when a patient is about to fall, White said.
Nadella noted in his opening remarks that 1 million hospital patients in the U.S. fall each year, 11,000 of which result in fatalities, which White emphasized.
“It’s in fact Ocuvera that’s building this solution with Azure Kinect to proactively alert nurses to a likely patent fall, so the nurse has the ability to reach that patient before the fall occurs,” she said. “We’re very excited to be working with Ocuvera to get those fatal patient falls from 11,000 down to zero.”