Nokia Moves Into Virtual Reality with 360-3D OZO Camera

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We haven’t heard much from Nokia since the $7.2B Microsoft buyout in 2014, until now. Their latest project, a 360-3D camera, called OZO.

Instead of creating yet another VR HMD, Nokia has decided to focus on the capturing aspect of VR. Their target audience will be professional content creators. Imagine watching a Movie, a live concert, or a Broadway play in 360 degrees 3D. You’ll be inside the movie, at the concert, in the audience.

Nokia OZO 360-3D

The Nokia OZO will capture stereoscopic 3D video with the help of 8 cameras, and it will capture spatial audio through 8 integrated microphones. Software created specifically for the Nokia OZO will make it possible to watch the 360-3D footage, live.

You’ll be able to enjoy the 360-3D experience on a HMD device that supports 360 degree footage. The Oculus Rift, and the HTC Vive are the two most popular HMDs.

If you want to learn more about the Nokia OZO, you can go to the official website.

Source: Nokia OZO | Press Release

Audio and VR

If you plan to get a HMD device, you should really invest in audio. A pair of good headphones, and a good sound card can create a very realistic virtual surround sound. All sound, even stereo will sound like it’s coming from speakers located all around your room.

I have a pair of Beyerdynamic DT 990 PRO 250‘s, and an Asus Xonar DX sound card, and everything I listen to sounds like it’s coming from speakers around my office.

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