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Contains samples for implementing Windows Skills by extending the preview base API and using exsting...

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Implementing and integrating efficient AI and Computer Vision (CV) solutions is a hard task for developers. The industry is moving at a fast pace and the amount of custom-tailored solutions coming out make it almost impossible for app developers to keep up easily. This proposed framework is meant to standardize the way AI and CV is put to use within a Windows application (i.e.: UWP, Desktop Win32, .Net Core 3.0) running on the edge. It aims to abstract away the complexity of AI and CV techniques by simply defining the concept of skills which are modular pieces of code that process input and produce output. The implementation that contains the complex details is encapsulated by an extensible WinRT API that inherits the base class present in this namespace, which leverages built-in Windows primitives which in-turn eases interop with built-in acceleration frameworks or external 3rd party ones.

While this release focuses on vision-oriented scenarios and primitives, this API is meant to accommodate any kind of input and output variable and a wide range of scenarios (Vision, Audio, Text, etc.). Any developer can extend this API set and expose their own AI skills. See skills released by Intel

How To Use

For how to use the framework to author a Skill to be consumed, and creating an app to consume the skill, see the SentimentAnalyzerCustomSkill Sample.

Samples for AI skills published by Microsoft on


| ObjectDetector logo | detecting and classifying objects in images | | -- | -- |


| ObjectTracker logo | tracking objects in videos | | -- | -- |


| SkeletalDetector logo | estimating poses of people in images | | -- | -- |


| ConceptTagger logo | obtaining classification scores of concepts in images | | -- | -- |


| ImageScanning logo | a set of AI skills to achieve content scanning scenarios such as the ones featured in OfficeLens | | -- | -- | | CurvedEdgesDetector | Seeks within an image the pixels that constitute the curved edges composing the contour of a given quad and returns their coordinates. | | ImageCleaner | Cleans and enhances an image given a specified preset. | | ImageRectifier | Rectifies and crops an image to a rectangle plane given four UV coordinates. | | LiveQuadDetector and QuadDetector | Searches an image for quadrilateral shapes and returns the coordinates of their corners if found. The LiveQuadDetector is a stateful version of the QuadDetector that attempts to detect only 1 quadrangle and keeps track of the previous quad detected to be used as guide which optimizes tracking performance as new frames are bound over time. This is well suited for most scenarios operating over a stream of frames over time. QuadDetector can be set to detect more than 1 quadrangle and will search the whole frame everytime unless a previous quadrangle is provided. | | QuadEdgesDetector | Searches an image for the horizontal and vertical lines defining a quadrilateral shape's contour and returns their coordinates. |

For samples using AI skills published by Intel on see the Intel-AI GitHub and this link for further details

| AI Skill Name | Description | | :-- | :-- | | Background Blur | Segments out individuals while blurring the background image to highlight the individuals in the foreground. | | Background Replacement | Segments out individuals while replacing the background with a user-selected image. | | Face Detection | Detects face(s) and returns face bounding box(es) and other attributes, such as eyes, mouths, or nose tips. | | Intruder Detection | Detects intruder by checking to see if an additional face or person is present in the video frame. | | Person Detection | Detects person(s) and returns person bounding box(es). | | Super Resolution | Converts a low-resolution image or video frame (320 x 240) to a high-resolution image (1280 x 960). | | Super Resolution (WinML) | Converts a low-resolution image or video frame (640 x 360) to a high-resolution image (1280 x 720). |

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