Nokia OZO

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Nokia OZO
DeveloperNokia
TypeVirtual reality headset
Release date30 November 2015 (2015-11-30)
Discontinued10 October 2017 (2017-10-10) (headset)
Mass4.2 kg (9.3 lb) (inc. battery)
WebsiteNokia OZO

Nokia OZO is an advanced camera, by Nokia which is able to record stereoscopic (3D) 360-degree video. The device was announced in July 2015 and first released in November 2015.[1][2]

The OZO is made of aluminium alloy and contains eight lenses and microphones which combine record stereoscopic (3D) 360-degree video and audio. Each lens has a 195-degree field of view, shooting at 30 frames per second.[3] The camera is aimed at professional filmmakers, like Disney, which started to use the OZO for filmmaking in April 2016.[4]

The audio technology on the OZO, featuring binaural 360° audio capture and headphone + Bluetooth playback, was added to the Nokia 8 smartphone in 2017. In 2018 it also came to the Nokia 8.1 and Nokia 6 (2018), Nokia 7 plus and Nokia 8 Sirocco. In 2019, it was used on the Oppo Reno, making it the first non-Nokia phone with the technology.[5] In 2020, the Nokia 8.3 5G was introduced with the technology.

Nokia announced the end of production of the OZO headset in October 2017, citing a "slower-than-expected" virtual reality market,[6] but continuing to support and update the software platform.[7] In January 2018, Nokia licensed the OZO Live software to a new start-up called Imeve created by former employees working on OZO to continue development of the software.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nokia OZO Launch Event". Second Story. Retrieved 5 January 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Lexy Savvides. "We took the $45,000 Nokia Ozo camera for a spin (hands-on)". CNET. Retrieved 5 January 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Newton, Casey. "Nokia reveals Ozo, a futuristic new camera for filming virtual reality". The Verge. Retrieved 5 January 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Gartenberg, Chaim (25 April 2016). "Disney bets on Nokia's Ozo camera for the future of VR". The Verge. Retrieved 5 January 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Oppo Reno has Nokia's OZO Audio recording tech". gsmArena. 27 April 2019. Retrieved 28 April 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Ong, Thuy (10 October 2017). "Nokia is killing off its Ozo virtual reality camera and cutting 310 jobs". The Verge.
  7. ^ "Nokia updated OZO Player SDK to version 1.4.0". 5 November 2017.
  8. ^ "Nokia OZO media technologies pivoting from VR to new applications - Nokia OZO". ozo.nokia.com.

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