Nokia reveals Ozo, a futuristic new camera for filming virtual reality
When Microsoft bought Nokia's handset business in 2013, two big questions hovered above all. The first was why? and we never got a convincing answer. The second question was what would become of the rest of Nokia. The company said it planned to focus on maps, network infrastructure, and <<advanced technologies>> — but what those technologies would be went unsaid.
On July 28, Nokia announced Ozo, a next-generation camera for capturing audio and video in 360 degrees. Nokia intends for the device, which is now in its preproduction phase, to become the default mode of shooting virtual-reality experiences for Hollywood, the media, and the advertising industry.
It’s a camera that lets them make VR in real time, thanks to a pair of key features. The first is live monitoring: directors can view footage as it's being shot on a headset. The second is rapid playback. In the past, VR footage needed to be digitally stitched together before it could be viewed, a process that could take hours.
Nokia says Ozo is the most advanced VR filmmaking platform yet. It certainlylooks amazing — a spherical rig the size of a large cantaloupe, roughly 6 pounds, with eight optical image sensors spaced roughly an eye width apart. Audio is captured in three dimensions by eight microphones embedded in the camera.