Microsoft Computer Vision APIs Distilled

Getting Started with Cognitive Services

Authors: Del Sole, Alessandro

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  • Sample scenarios throughout the text facilitate your understanding of Microsoft’s Computer Vision APIs
  • Shows you how Microsoft Cognitive Services can be used to develop intelligent cross-platform and cross-device apps, in any programming language and with any development platform
  • Teaches you about cross-platform apps that consume the Computer Vision APIs within iOS and Android apps from examples in C# and .NET within iOS, Android, and Windows 10 apps
  • Explains Computer Vision APIs within Web apps using .NET Core
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Dive headfirst into Microsoft’s Computer Vision APIs through sample-driven scenarios!

Imagine an app that describes to the visually impaired the objects around them, or reads the Sunday paper, a favorite magazine, or a street sign. Or an app that is capable of monitoring what is happening inside an area without human control, and then makes a decision based on interpreting an occurrence detected with a live camera. This book teaches developers Microsoft's Computer Vision APIs, a service capable of understanding and interpreting the content of any image.

Author Del Sole begins by providing a succinct “need to know” overview of the service with descriptions. You then learn from hands-on demonstrations that show how basic C# code examples can be re-used across platforms. From there you will be guided through two different kinds of applications that interact with the service in two different ways: the more common means of calling a REST service to get back JSON data, and via the .NET libraries that Microsoft has been building to simplify the job (this latter one with Xamarin). 

What You’ll Learn

  • Understand AI’s role and how devices and applications use sophisticated algorithms to improve people’s lives and business tasks.
  • Analyze images for Optical Character Recognition to detect written words and sentences
  • Think about the next-generation applications in relation to your customers’ needs
  • Get up-to-speed on the latest version of the Computer Vision service, which now comes through Azure
  • Set up an Azure subscription in order to access the Cognitive Services within the portal

After reading this book, you will be able to get started with AI services from Microsoft in order to begin building powerful new apps for your company or customers. 

Who This Book Is For
Developers just getting familiar with artificial intelligence. A minimal knowledge of C# is required.

About the authors

Alessandro Del Sole has been a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) since 2008, and he is a Xamarin Certified Mobile Developer and Microsoft Certified Professional. Awarded MVP of the Year in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014, he is internationally considered a Visual Studio expert and a .NET authority. He has authored many books on programming with Visual Studio, Xamarin, and .NET, and blogs and writes technical articles about Microsoft developer topics in Italian and English for many developer sites, including MSDN Magazine and the Visual Basic Developer Center from Microsoft. He is a frequent speaker at Microsoft technical conferences.

Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)
  • Introducing Microsoft Cognitive Services

    Pages 1-4

    Del Sole, Alessandro

  • Getting Started with the Computer Vision API

    Pages 5-15

    Del Sole, Alessandro

  • Invoking the Computer Vision API from C#

    Pages 17-42

    Del Sole, Alessandro

  • Computer Vision on Mobile Apps with Xamarin

    Pages 43-67

    Del Sole, Alessandro

  • Computer Vision in Web Apps with ASP.NET MVC Core

    Pages 69-87

    Del Sole, Alessandro

Buy this book

eBook $19.99
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  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $24.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4842-3341-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Microsoft Computer Vision APIs Distilled
Book Subtitle
Getting Started with Cognitive Services
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Apress
Copyright Holder
Alessandro Del Sole
eBook ISBN
978-1-4842-3342-9
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4842-3342-9
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4842-3341-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 90
Number of Illustrations
31 illustrations in colour
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