A software development kit for DJI drones is coming to Microsoft’s Windows 10.
DJI today announced a partnership with Microsoft in an effort to allow drone users to build native Windows applications that can remotely control DJI drones including autonomous flight and real-time data streaming.
— Raymond Wong??? (@raywongy) May 7, 2018
The SDK will also allow the Windows developer community to integrate and control third-party payloads like multispectral sensors, robotic components like custom actuators, and more, exponentially increasing the ways drones can be used in the enterprise, according to DJI.
Cool! DJI, my favorite Drone brand is partnering with Microsoft intelligent Edge. Use Microsoft AI models with DJI drones! 🙂 In the demo a small DJI Mavic Drone is detecting an anomaly in material just by “looking” at it with the camera. pic.twitter.com/JR3YArzPyR
— cesardelatorre (@cesardelatorre) May 7, 2018
The partnership was announced onstage today at Microsoft Build 2017, the company’s developer conference in Washington, D.C. during the conference, a DJI Mavic drone was shown using the new SDK to scan and identify a damaged pipe, which was displayed in real time on a Windows 10 app.
— Ercenk Keresteci (@ercenk) May 7, 2018
Microsoft says it has nearly 700 million customers globally.
Microsoft Build announces DJI partnership. Imagine what Azure Edge + Windows 10 brings to drones.
— Carol Bluebeam Hagen ?️??️ (@carolhagen) May 7, 2018
DJI had already been partnering with Microsoft in the agriculture industrial via Microsoft’s FarmBeats solution, which aggregates and analyzes data from aerial and ground sensors using AI models running on Azure IoT Edge.
The SDK for Windows is currently available as a beta preview to Build attendees, but the SDK is expected to be broadly available in fall 2018.