The new Nokia Ozo has a more-than-passing resemblance to one of the most iconic props in film history, but it doesn't shoot lasers out of its multiple eyes at Luke Skywalker's lightsaber. Instead, it shoots stereoscopic 3D video using eight sensors and eight built-in microphones to create virtual-reality experiences.
Aimed at professionals, Nokia says the software built for Ozo allows real-time 3D viewing, and it offers playback without the need to preassemble a panoramic image. This would give content creators considerable time, allowing them to get their offerings in front of our eyes more instantly.
According to The Verge, the Ozo supports such VR headsets as the HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift, and and it will cost in the "mid-five figures." The final cost will be revealed this fall during a formal launch event.
The Ozo isn't just capable of 360-degree imagining; it's also designed to deliver spatially accurate audio.
Nokia has already got its first customer for Ozo in Jaunt VR. The studio, which is developing its own VR camera (codenamed NEO), will will support content produced with Ozo and use Nokia's hardware through its post-production services.