Nokia OZO release date, specs: will 360-degrees camera be a gamechanger for Finnish tech company?

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Finnish company Nokia are still in on the technology game, as it recently unveiled its very own VR device, a 360-degree virtual reality camera called the Nokia OZO.

According to Reuters, the Nokia OZO is designed for professional content creators, and is only the beginning of a set of new gadgets coming from Nokia Technologies.

The Nokia OZO VR camera has a spherical design that is covered with eight synchronized camera sensors capturing 3D video in a span of 360-degrees. Not only does it capture 360-degrees of playback, but Nokia claims it is able to stitch together the eight different feeds in a matter of minutes, the first of its kind.

The visual is not the only thing that is captured in a 360-degree range, as the Nokia OZO also has three microphones, and is able to detect where a specific noise or sound is coming from.

“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. With OZO, we plan to be at the heart of this new world.”

VR company Jaunt Inc. has already committed support for Nokia OZO, announcing that the camera will be used in their studios, as well as supporting VR content made through the OZO.

“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. Jaunt will continue to work with its own line of cameras, as well as the best-of-breed that others have to offer, to ensure content creators have access to the best tool for the job.”

Full specifications and the device price are yet to be announced. The Nokia OZO is expected to be shipped later this year.