Microsoft partners with DJI on AI model SDK for drones

The new SDK will allow drone developers to incorporate AI directly into drone hardware

Redmond computing giant Microsoft used its Build 2018 developer’s conference in Seattle to announce a partnership with Chinese drone manufacturer DJI for a software development kit (SDK) aimed at incorporating artificial intelligence (AI) and the Azure cloud computing platform.

According to Sam George, the director of Microsoft’s Azure IoT engineering program, the SDK will allow “any Azure developer using Azure machine learning can develop AI models and deploy them to their drones.”

During the conference, a DJI Mavic Air drone streamed video back to a laptop running the Azure IoT Edge platform, as well as a pre-built AI model, in order to detect an anomaly found within replica pipes.