Azure Kinect DK

Developer kit with advanced AI sensors for building computer vision and speech models

Kinect with spatial data

Azure Kinect is a cutting-edge spatial computing developer kit with sophisticated computer vision and speech models, advanced AI sensors and a range of powerful SDKs that can be connected to Azure cognitive services.

Using Azure Kinect, manufacturing, retail, healthcare and media enterprises are leveraging spatial data and context to enhance operational safety, increase performance, improve outcomes and revolutionise the customer experience.

Open software ecosystem: Get started with a range of SDKs, including an open-source Sensor SDK and an active GitHub community

Versatile design: Experiment with multiple modes and mounting options that take advantage of Azure Kinect’s compact design

Cutting-edge Spatial Computing: Azure Kinect features the industry’s most advanced AI sensors as well as vision and speech models

Azure integration: Harness the limitless power of the cloud through seamless integration with Azure cognitive services

Develop safer solutions and strengthen engagement

Use computer vision to track and monitor exercise movements and overall form. Create a smart gym experience that can enhance results, or an accessible and effective virtual rehabilitation solution.

Pair real-time depth sensor data with AI-driven insights. Prevent and mitigate potential patient accidents and injuries in care environments with predictive alerts.

Deliver improved safety and performance

Use advanced body tracking to monitor and analyse worker movement and behaviour. Design safer, more ergonomic workstations that can mitigate long-term injury risk while improving productivity through task analysis and process optimisation.

Pair real-time depth sensor data with cognitive services for AI-driven part identification and real-time anomaly detection. Monitor assembly line workers to catch part or process issues straight away for a just-in-time fix.

Reimagine communication and engagement

Add computer vision and speech capabilities to smart signage. Transform smart signage into interactive, personalised kiosks that can enhance brand engagement.

Use depth sensing to capture high-quality volumetric video for use in interactive 3D environments. Leverage 3D volumetric video for cutting-edge immersive storytelling, delivered through interactive XR experiences.

Transform experiences and accelerate innovation

Use dimensional analysis to maximise transport storage space and optimise delivery logistics. Move from pre-defined delivery routes to real-time routes based on inventory analysis and subsequent last-mile efficiency.

Create a connected retail experience by mapping and monitoring retail stores in real time. Gain actionable customer insights and create alerts leveraging spatial data.

Gain new environmental understanding

Use depth sensing to automate depalletisation and palletisation processes. Streamline repetitive tasks such as stripping down a pallet to improve productivity while optimising storage space in smart ways.

Mobilise robot workers with spatial data. Automate new tasks by bringing robots into human spaces, from picking online orders and tracking shelf inventory to maintaining the spatial data of digital twin models.

What’s inside the Azure Kinect DK

  1. 1 MP depth sensor with wide and narrow field-of-view (FOV) options that help you optimise for your application
  2. 7-microphone array for far-field speech and sound capture
  3. 12 MP RGB video camera for an additional colour stream that’s aligned to the depth stream
  4. Accelerometer and gyroscope (IMU) for sensor orientation and spatial tracking
  5. External sync pins to easily synchronise sensor streams from multiple Kinect devices

Built for developers

Less than half the size of Kinect for Windows v2, Azure Kinect DK was designed to pull together our best AI sensors in a single device.

Innovative experiences

Unlock new business value and create transformative customer experiences with cutting-edge spatial computing capabilities – the next frontier of human machine interaction.

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Take your project further by combining Azure Kinect’s advanced sensors and vision and speech models with Azure Cognitive Services, Azure Machine Learning and Azure IoT Edge.

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Bring your ideas to life with a range of SDKs and APIs

SDK Sensor SDK Body Tracking SDK Computer Vision service APIs Speech SDK

Description

Raw sensor access to depth camera, RGB camera, accelerometer and gyroscope, plus device-calibration data and synchronisation control.

(Windows, Linux)

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Expose instance segmentation, and both observed and estimated 3D joints and landmarks for fully articulated, uniquely identified body tracking of multiple skeletons.

(Windows, Linux)

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Gain access to advanced algorithms for processing images and returning information such as optical character recognition (OCR) or image categorisation.

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Gain access to features such as speech to text, speech translation and intent recognition.

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Code samples

Measure the dimensions of a box; add OCR with Azure Cognitive Services

Measure accuracy of human movement demonstrated by a jump, with feedback on the subject’s biomechanics

Identify information about the visual context of a scene

Create voice-controlled interactions for your Azure Kinect DK

See how customers are deploying the Azure Kinect

Democratising home fitness

Tempo is using computer vision to track a customer’s form and performance in real time.

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Tempo

Unlocking a new dimension in creativity

Find out how Depthkit is leveraging the Azure Kinect Dk to enable a new creative medium for volumetric filmmaking.

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Depthkit

Empowering nurses to prevent patient falls

Ocuvera uses Azure Kinect DK to predict unattended bed exists with over 96% accuracy.

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Ocuvera

Gamifying telerehabilitation

Learn why Evolv built its telerehabilitation solution with the Azure Kinect DK.

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Evolv

Frequently asked questions about Azure and Kinect DK

  • The Azure Kinect DK is available for purchase in the United States, China, Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom.
  • Azure Kinect DK includes our best AI sensors: 1-MP time-of-flight depth camera, 7-microphone array, 12-MP RGB camera and IMU. Combine them with Azure services for complete solutions optimised to meet your needs.
  • DK stands for developer kit. Azure Kinect DK is meant for developers and commercial businesses rather than consumers, and it should be used in an ambient temperature range of 10-25°C. It’s not a replacement for Xbox Kinect.
  • Azure Kinect DK was designed to make it easy for developers to work with Azure, but it works with any cloud provider – or none at all.
  • Azure Kinect DK is not designed for use with Xbox.
  • Azure Kinect DK doesn’t have onboard compute. Pair it with your choice of PC, from screenless to desktop workstation. The system requirements are Windows® 10 PC or Ubuntu 18.04 LTS with 7th Generation Intel® Core™ i3 Processor (Dual Core 2.4 GHz with HD620 GPU or faster), USB 3.0 port, and 4 GB RAM. It’s not available on Windows 10 in S mode. Body tracking and other experiences may require more advanced PC hardware.

Get ready to build something amazing with Azure Kinect DK