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Nokia Unveils Futuristic 360-Degree Virtual Reality Camera OZO

Nokia Unveils Futuristic 360-Degree Virtual Reality Camera OZO

by Giulio PriscoJuly 29, 2015

Nokia announced OZO, a Virtual Reality (VR) camera designed and built for professional content creators. OZO was unveiled at an entertainment industry event in Los Angeles attended by representatives from major studios, production houses and media and technology companies.

“We’re thrilled to introduce OZO to the content creation world, and to define a completely new category of virtual reality capture and playback solutions,” said Ramzi Haidamus, president of Nokia Technologies. “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.

Cutting Edge Technology for Virtual Reality Cinema

Nokia OZOOZO’s filmed content can be published for commercially available VR viewing hardware such as head mounted displays, with immersive, full 360-degree imaging and spatially accurate original sound.

Earlier this month Hacked reported that Steven Spielberg joined VR startup The Virtual Reality Company (VRC) as an adviser. The Los Angeles based startup wants to leverage the many VR headsets that will begin to appear in early 2016, and bring VR cinema to consumers.

To imagine VR cinema, think of a modern video-game played with a VR head mounted display like the Oculus Rift. The main features – 3D immersion, interactivity and multiple storylines triggered by the player’s action – are still there in VR cinema. The difference is that you don’t slay monsters to level-up your character, but just enjoy the story told by the filmmakers.

In Avatar, James Cameron pioneered the use of VR technology to create awesome content for the flat screen. Production of content for VR cinema could be a bottleneck requiring costly custom equipment and software only affordable by major film studios, but with OZO Nokia wants to democratize VR cinema production and make it available to small studios and independent professionals.

VR production company Jaunt announced a commitment to support OZO. “Unlike anything you’ve ever seen, we’re creating an entirely new means of storytelling, a completely new art form,” states the Jaunt website. “Our mission has always been to provide filmmakers with tools and techniques that fuel their creative process, unlocking the true potential of their vision.” said Cliff Plumer, President of Jaunt Studios. “Our partnership with Nokia is another big step for us to continue to provide our partners with the most cutting-edge technology to further cater to their creative needs.”

OZO captures stereoscopic 3D video through eight synchronized global shutter sensors and spatial audio through eight integrated microphones. Software built for OZO enables real-time 3D viewing, with an innovative playback solution that removes the need to pre-assemble a panoramic image.

Images from Nokia.

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