Nokia was once the leading manufacturer of mobile phones, but since then a much has changed. Now the Finish company is trying to reinvent itself by stepping into new tech territories with its first virtual reality camera called OZO.
According to Nokia, OZO was designed for those who want to film content for virtual reality, especially for professional videographers. OZO has a spherical shape and looks like a football. Inside, the virtual reality device has a multitude of cameras and microphones which allow the user to capture sound and video from every angle. The camera comes with a specially designed software that allows the users to view the content they filmed in 3D, without needing to make panoramic images and put them together prior to seeing the content.
Nokia talked about its first virtual reality camera saying that they are very excited to introduce OZO. According to Nokia, the new camera will define a new category of virtual reality devices to capture and playback the content in a really unique manner.
President of Nokia Technologies Ramzi Haidamus said OZO was designed to innovate the virtual reality technology and provide the video professionals with a powerful tool that will help them create amazing footage for people all around the world to see. Haidamus hopes that the first Nokia virtual reality camera will enhance the way people connect to stories and communicate, and will bring a breath of fresh air to entertainment and world event.
Haidamus added: “With OZO, we plan to be at the heart of this new world.”
Nokia’s VR camera was designed and developed at in Tampere, Finland, at the company’s R&D facilities. OZO was first unveiled at a tech event in Los Angeles, where some of the most important major studios, production companies and tech giants attended.
Nokia said the camera will runs some final tests before making it available for commercial purposes. The full technical specifications and its price will be announced sometimes in the near future, and the first shipments are expected in the last quarter of 2015. Nokia said OZO will be made exclusively in Finland.
Nokia’s first virtual reality camera can capture stereoscopic 3D videos using 8 global shutter sensors that are synchronized with each other. It also has eight microphones for spatial audio. The camera has a special software that lets the user see the content filmed in real-time 3D mode.
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