Back in July, Nokia which used to dominate the mobile phone industry prior to the rise of smartphones, announced its entry into the virtual reality (VR) 360 degree video market with the announcement of the Ozo. Now the company has released a behind-the-scenes video with the design team of the camera.
The camera isn’t being marketed for the consumer end of the spectrum like the 360fly. The Ozo is being squarely aimed at professional production studios as the camera will be coming with an estimated five figure price. The video begins with an introduction from Ramzi Haidamus, President Nokia Technologies before moving on to Axel Meyer, Head of Design for Nokia Technologies who says: “We wanted to make it, not just a camera for virtual reality, but actually think how the future will be experienced by people.”
Nokia’s Ozo has eight cameras and eight microphones around its surface, and can enable filmmakers to create VR video in real time, which can be viewed in a VR head-mounted display (HMD). Another feature Nokia has touted is the Ozo’s ability to churn out a low-resolution version of the footage in a few minutes for filmmakers to see. This process normally could take hours as the VR footage is stitched together.
Since the summer reveal, Nokia hasn’t announced any further details, with no price or launched date yet confirmed. Although the company has previously said the device would be out by the end of 2015.
VRFocus will continue to follow all the latest news on the Ozo as more details are announced.