NOKIA OZO VIRTUAL REALITY CAMERA
Finland’s Nokia on Tuesday said it will price its virtual reality camera Nokia Ozo at $60,000 (about £40,000) when it becomes available early next year.
Initially unveiled in July, OZO is a spherical camera featuring eight sensors and microphones designed to make 3D films and games that can be watched and played with virtual reality (VR) headsets.
We think the camera looks very cool indeed, like something which would be floating around in the background in Star Wars before George Lucas started tinkering. There are also eight included microphones which is a pretty important aspect when you’re capturing an enviroment. And you can use a headset to see exactly what the camera sees and hear what it hears.
This technology is going to be increasingly popular in the not so distant future, and Nokia is right on the cutting edge going into 2016.
Nokia announced the commercial availability at a press event in Los Angeles on Monday, revealing more technical specifications and pledging to “define a new category in professional VR capture”.
“We’re at the dawn of an exciting new medium that will transform the way people connect to stories, events and the world around them,” said Nokia Technologies president Ramzi Haidamus.
“Nokia OZO is a powerful tool designed for the professional creators who will answer the most exciting and intriguing questions about the possibilities for VR.”
Nokia OZO is described as “the first VR camera system specifically designed for professional production”, which explains its rather ridiculous price. It is targeted at Hollywood and media professionals, rather than consumers.
Nokia is adamant that Nokia OZO is the first to bring these kinds of VR features to market, including real-time VR preview, wireless operation and full 3D 360 audio and video broadcast capabilities.
Once the world’s largest mobile phone maker , Nokia is now focused on making telecom network equipment. It is also planning to come back to the phone business by designing and licensing handsets next year.