In your dreams: Nokia prices Ozo immersive video camera at $60000

1 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Nokia Is Betting On VR Making It In Hollywood.

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. Nokia is adamant that 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.

There are eight synchronised 2Kx2K sensors for the video sensor array, full spherical 360×180 degrees coverage with a 195-degree angle of view per lens, and full spherical, 360×360 degree audio capture. Ozo’s design incorporates a removable digital cartridge at the back, which supports around 45 minutes of recording and saves all video and audio to a single file.

We’ve seen a few startups trying their hand at spherical cameras in recent years — such as the likes of Samsung-backed Bublcam, a rather more affordably priced but lower tech option (at circa $800). It’s fair to say that the broadcasting industry is going to need to be creating a steady pipeline of compelling VR content if there’s to be any chance of virtual reality technology transforming from a niche pastime for geeks into a regular mass market entertainment medium. Robert Morlino, a spokesman for Nokia Technologies, said: “If and when we find a world-class partner who can take on those responsibilities, we would work closely with them to guide the design and technology differentiation, as we did with the Nokia N1 Android tablet.” µ

The company is drawing on a long history of camera expertise honed during its mobile making years — including a 41MP PureView smartphone camera that caused a splash back in 2012.

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