Nokia OZO is the VR Camera Your Personal Drone Will Use to Liveblog Your Life

By Gary Cutlack on at

Nokia has a new hardware thing on the way, and it's quite spectacularly niche. It's called the OZO, and it's a VR camera for studios and miscellaneous creatives to use to build their own VR videos and experiences via some off-the-shelf hardware.

Nokia says OZO is undergoing "final testing and refinements" with assistance and input from Hollywood creatives at the moment, ahead of a formal consumer launch in Q4 of 2015. It uses eight synchronized global shutter sensors to capture its 3D images, along with eight mics to capture spatial audio. Its big tech selling point for creators is that it offers a "real-time 3D viewing" system, meaning results are right there to see right away -- so there's no processing or waiting to build preview footage.

Ramzi Haidamus, president of Nokia Technologies, said: "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." [Nokia]