A few days ago we had mentioned that Nokia is about to unveil a mystery virtual reality product. The launch has finally taken place. Nokia Technologies has unveiled a next-generation camera and ventured into the virtual reality market. The camera named Ozo can capture 360 degree video and audio. The launch took place Tuesday night at an entertainment industry event in Los Angeles. However, consumers won’t be able to use the camera. It has been designed for professional content creators.
Latest Tech Company to Join VR Space
With this launch, Nokia has become the latest tech company to join the VR space where users with VR headsets are immersed in 3D worlds.
Ramzi Haidamus, president of Nokia Technologies, said “Ozo aims to advance the next wave of innovation in VR by putting powerful tools in the hands of professionals who will create amazing experiences for people around the world. We expect that virtual reality experiences will soon radically enhance the way people communicate and connect to stories, entertainment, world events and each other. With Ozo, we plan to be at the heart of this new world.”
According to Nokia, Ozo is the most advanced platform for VR filmmaking yet.
Ozo- What the Camera will Offer?
Ozo is spherical in shape and weighs around 6 pounds. It has eight optical image sensors which are placed an eye width apart. Eight microphones are integrated in the camera which can capture the audio in 3D. With these microphones, you will get audio which will help you locating in space. For instance, if you hear a dog barking behind you in the virtual world created by Ozo, you can see the dog by looking behind you.
The content recorded can then be circulated to VR hardware like the headsets which are available commercially. Ozo can be fixed on a standard tripod and the video can be output in standard formats. Apart from VR headsets, the 3D video can be seen in sites like YouTube.
The camera is in pre-production phase and Nokia plans to make it the default device for shooting virtual reality experiences for the entertainment industry. The price hasn’t yet been revealed by Nokia but is expected to be in mid-five figures. Shipping is expected to start in the fall.
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