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The Nokia OZO is a virtual reality camera that looks like a soccer ball

Nokia has just revealed its next hardware product, the OZO. As rumored last week, the device is a spherical virtual reality camera that, at first glance, looks a bit like a soccer ball.

Nokia says:

"OZO captures stereoscopic 3D video through eight (8) synchronized global shutter sensors and spatial audio through eight (8) 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 ­­- a time-consuming process with solutions currently in the marketplace.""OZO's filmed content can be published for commercially available VR viewing hardware such as head mounted displays (HMDs), with immersive, full 360-degree imaging and spatially accurate original sound. OZO also integrates into existing professional workflows and works with third-party tools, dramatically simplifying content production at all stages."

The OZO is the first of a planned series of "digital media solutions" from Nokia's Technologies division. However. the camera is targeting professional content creators and not the general public. Pricing for the OZO has not been announced but shipments are scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Thanks to rohit330 for the tip!

Source: Nokia

86 Comments
  • Full picture would hav been great..
  • The picture at the top of the article seems fairly complete. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Lol
  • Bahaha
  • Lol
  • Looks like its from the original star wars.
    What would the applications be for this.
  • Professional use for 3d virtual reality video and images material production companies and movie studios. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • So you don't think there already something out there like this that studios use?
  • I am sure there is. However, they may not e.g. provide the integrated production software solutions that Nokia 's press release (read the full version for a bit more detail) talks about. Or they may be bulkier, more expensive etc. etc. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • This is definitely not studio oriented.
  • "The Nokia camera, dubbed OZO, is a sleek system with eight lenses and each sensor captures a 2048 x 2048 (2K x 2K) resolution image. " http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/behind-screen/nokia-debuts-virtual-real... Mid-five figures price estimate..http://www.theverge.com/2015/7/28/9064499/nokia-vr-camera-ozo
  • Practicing with your Light Saber, duh! :)
  • Yaaas!
  • Wise you are young one.  ;)  
  • YouTube 360 videos lol Doesn't look like a production quality device.
  • So it's like Bubbl. Or whatever it's called.
  • Looks and sounds very promising and great to see Nokia can be on the bleeding edge of 3d image and video capture! Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Interesting, looks cool
  • I'm glad they didn't try to release a consumer VR or 3D Product - Something like that from Nokia would struggle to compete with other brand IMO. Are they releasing this hardware under the Nokia name, or licensing the design/technology to others to use in their own products?
  • Indeed. I am very positively surprised. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Pro-sumer version also in the pipeline http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/a680d5ec-3540-11e5-bdbb-35e55cbae175.html
  • I wonder if this could used in a way to actually put someone into a tv show as a kind of fly on the wall character.
  • Probably yes. There are already VR experimental movies that let you see the world through the eyes of the main character of the movie. Apparently one of them is an emotionally tough one of a little girl a Syrian refugee camp. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Nice to see Nokia's product after a long time... Come on Nokia.. #OZO
  • Question is does it Hover? if so I want one. 
  • I wish. It should also make probe droid sounds. But I think you'd have to put it on a quadcopter or something.
  • That's currently the issue with full-fov cameras -- there's always something it's mounted to that makes part of the FOV useless. Bring on anti-gravity!
  • waiting for smaller drone version...
  • Nokia is back with a bang
  • Yes and no. This is presumably a fairly small market for now but could/likely will grow exponentially. It is also likely a high margin business, being geared at professionals. But the product still needs to prove itself and keep improving outpacing probably fairly intense competition. Hopefully being in early may allow them to become an industry leader and maybe even de facto standard. Licencing at some point might make same sense too. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • First of planned series. Perhaps some telepresence solutions for corporations also incoming. http://appft1.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u...
  • Gotta love Nokia fanboys.
  • I would use Android if Nokia made a super camera phone like the 808 or the 1020.. It seems Microsoft don't care about true preview pictures. If Nokia made a phone with integration with this baby I say yes yes yes!
  • Nothing to do with phones. Nokia may of course try to capture the camera high end niche with its up coming phones. But for now think that is that likely. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • It would be the biggest cell phone ever. The 1020 right set the world on fire either. The majority of the general public could care less about camera quality..... They're doing fine with their galaxies and m9's despite what the techosphere says!
  • The no where/now here marketing isn't resonating with me, but it sounds like a very interesting product for high-end content developers. I look forward to seeing how this product is used. And kudos to Nokia on their innovation.
  • Huh?
  • Wonder who made this for them?
  • Their press release says it will be manufactured in Finland. Obviously e.g
    lenses are likely to be supplied . Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Worth noting in this product, it will be MADE IN FINLAND. To 'muricans or other people that may be irrelevant, but to Europeans this IS of relevance as it's always a positive sign to see high end tech products being manufactured in Europe rather than in some Eastern country just for the cheap labour.
  • Europeans designing and manufacturing devices in their own respective countries is very relevant to Americans who aren't just shareholders of South East Asian imports.
  • This American thinks it is extremely relevant and a great sign for potential professionals that Nokia is serious about it and will be a quality product. This American also thinks the MAIN reason that Microsoft still has only one foot in the mobile grave (as opposed to being dead and buried) is because of Nokia. So. GTF over youself and keep your Eurotrash (I can be an asshole just like you!) attitude to yourself.
  • What angried you, the "'muricans" or me calling out the fact that 98% of Americans only care about themselves?
    Either way, that's your problem but mine ;) Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Still a cunt.
  • Looks like an Artifact from Star Wars!
  • What the hell did Microsoft buy ? Nokia seems like businesses as usual. Ms should of went the apple route.
  • They bought employees, factories and distribution chains (stores etc). That was what formed Nokia's "Devices & Services" business. They bought the means to manufacture and sell phones. Nothing else. As I've stressed over and over again for over a year, Nokia kept all the innovation R&D teams as well as all the awesome tech and patents. This is just Nokia continuing to build on that. ;)
  • Not quite all of them though. AFAIK e.g. some of the camera tech gurus did move to MS. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Those were the guys that implemented the tech into the devices. And even so...Not many of them. Juha basically and two or three more. Others either stayed or went to other companies (Apple and Jaguar AFAIK) Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Is MSFT still involved with Nokia? I ponder this because on the officail press release from Nokia, MSFT is listed in the footer. The actual lefthand footer reads: Lumia and Nokia Phones - These devices now come from Microsoft. Seems odd!      
  • No, Nokia has nothing to do with Microsoft anymore. That footer is to help people that go to Nokia's website in search for help with their devices (because most people buy "a Nokia" and not "a Windows Phone") to go to the site of the ones that are now responsible for the support for those devices (ie. Microsoft). 
  • Nice design.
  • If you roll this across the room and then watch the footage in an Oculus Rift, I wonder if it would be possible to not lose your lunch? I want to hang it from a quadcopter, then you could look at the view from any angle later, similar to how you can look at whatever you want each time you ride a ski lift.
  • Or launch one in to the space. Live 3-d broadcast. Well actually they could put one into orbit as well.
  • Nice!
    There is a contest here https://ozo.nokia.com/ They are giving away 1 of these. https://tongal.com/Nokia
  • Thanks for the link. One would think that the author would have included that in the article but I guess was too busy thinking up a cute title. Yours is possibly the only relevant post.
  • How does it works......?..something like drones.....
  • So this is closer to the floating orbs on defiance then
  • What a childish title. Reminds be of something that The Verge or Engadget would say when Nokia was trying to make it work with Windows Phones. However, having just slammed The Verge...if you want to read something of substance go here: http://www.theverge.com/2015/7/28/9064499/nokia-vr-camera-ozo. Some good photos from the event showing the device. Doesn't look much like a football (soccer ball).
  • Does it float ?
  • Looks like a mini version of Panono (http://www.panono.com).
  • Looks wow
  • Interesting!
  • They portray it as if it were capable of hovering...otherwise, it looks pretty neat. Looks like Nokia got to keep several good hardware designers and their awesome video promo team, I'm going to miss all those "exploding" Lumia promos that pulled off a parts diagram.
  • Hah, it's funny that my first thought was that as well. Their youtube, promo team has been amazing since the Symbian days and they seem to have retained them.  This is much more than I was expectign from them. Just another VR headset out there would have not done much. 
  • Yep, VR headgear seems like an ever-growing crowding market, but this seems like something unique if they want to cater to filmmakers. But yeah, I'd question myself why Microsoft wouldn't put some of Nokia's promos on the air. The Surface ad team kind of had the same inspiration, but it didn't make it to the TV campaign until recently with the launch of Surface 3.
  • https://youtu.be/64Y-E9IEr8M
  • Does it float using Magiteck? Or that stuff that a golden snitch runs on?
  • 343 Guilty Spark :) .Who played Halo knows it.
  • It's made for Nokia 3310 lol
  • What's soccer???
  • Soccer ball? Look at the photos in The Verge article. Doesn't look like a soccer ball at all.
  • Fishing boots Nokia, please.
  • It's the Toclafane!! (from Doctor Who)
  • Microsoft should incorporate these into building real-life tracks in Forza.  I've always thought it would be awesome to mount something to the top of your car that captured video, GPS info, etc, that you could send back and have a track made from a road you drive every day.  We have some nice twisties around here I'd love to hit at 100mph, lol
  • My god that sounds amazing. If no one else makes this happen then you have to.
  • If I were capable of it, I wouldn't have shared it here, lol.  I'm hoping someone with some tech sense sees it and runs with it.  I'll just be happy to use it!  I thought of it several years ago, about the time "Street View" came out, it just popped into my head that you could take that even farther and make video games out of it.  It could also be integrated into FPS games, but would obviously require more running around to map your house/yard, etc.  Imagine killing zombies or fighting nazis in your own home??  Of course, Hololens could probably do this without mapping your house out. 
  • HERE (Nokia company) has wares for that. Lidars etc. Perhaps they could make the whole world a race track just for fun. I remember reading that currently they have over one million miles of hd-maps created and more incoming every day while google has some 1000 miles ready.
    http://360.here.com/2015/03/24/lidar/
  • I don't think these cameras can capture depth just yet. Imagine racing around in a N64 Crusin' USA world. Blehhhgg.
  • So, amazing?
  • lol, definitely
  • OEMs now are like "We're bored" , "ok let's make a VR"
  • I dont know the scale/size of this camera but assuming it is not that big, they should put one on every racing cars/motorbike and provide realtime onboard view. Imagine how much more interesting motorsports will be with this. 
  • Looks interesting, just like a fotball..... NOT soccer ball!
  • Interesting. Has fully wireless mode. http://www.roadtovr.com/first-look-nokias-ozo-3d-vr-camera-aims-at-the-p...
  • Looks like the mines from HL2. Posted via Galaxy Tab 4