CNET News Video
Microsoft and DJI team up on drone tech for dangerous jobsAt Microsoft Build, Microsoft bring its Azure IoT technology to DJI drones for dangerous, dirty tasks for business.
Microsoft is partnering with DJI to bring Azure IOT Edge right to their drones. This is significant because it means any Azure developer using Azure machine learning, can develop AI models and deploy them to their drones. It also means I can take that same AI model that went to the Qualcomm camera and deliver it to the DJI drone. Now, this incredible drone is a DJI M210 RTK, and it's capable of running Azure iOT Edge right on board. This smaller drone is a DJI Mavic Air, and it's perfect for learning the principles of flight, and for developing and testing your AI models. [BLANK_AUDIO] Now it's all well and good to talk about drones but I bet you'd like to see me fly one and I would love to. But unfortunately in a room like this you need a commercial drone pilot license to do that. And they're, [LAUGH] incredibly hard to get. So for that, we're gonna welcome Francisco from DJI, out to the stage, to fly for us, come on out. [APPLAUSE] Francisco's gonna be flying the DJI Mavic Air over the pipes that you see here. Which represent the ones 158 feet up on the roof. And pneumatic air is gonna be streaming video back to the laptop here, which is running Azure IoT EDGE as well as our AI model all packaged up in a great UWP app. And when it sees the anomaly it'll draw that same yellow bounding box. That you saw with the Qualcomm camera. All right, let's check it out. [BLANK_AUDIO] [SOUND] Now, as you can see, we're detecting that anomaly in real time. For the first time ever, we're able to stream video back from that drum, this laptop running IOT edge in our AI model which was developed in the cloud. [SOUND] [LAUGH] And as I mentioned, the M200 I'll be running that Right on board. [SOUND] Great, thank you, Francisco. [APPLAUSE] [LAUGH] [APPLAUSE] Now that anomaly was pretty easy to see, but in the real world there's hundreds of pipes Over thousands of miles. So solutions like this will save Rockwell significant time and expense.