Nokia Is Betting On VR Making It In Hollywood
Former cell phone maker Nokia has skilled filmmakers in its sights with a brand new piece of digital camera hardware it’s been cooking up since early 2013. After teasing its plans this summer time, the Finnish agency has at this time confirmed a forthcoming professional degree VR digital camera that’s appropriate for reside broadcast.
The digital camera, referred to as Ounces, is up for pre-order, bearing a $60,000 worth-tag and a delivery date of Q1 subsequent yr. The teardrop-formed system will seize 360° spherical video and 360×360 encompass sound to create immersive content material for viewing by way of VR units. Nokia is dubbing it “the first Digital Actuality digital camera system particularly designed for skilled manufacturing”.
The video sensor array on the Ounces consists of eight 2k x 2k sensors, every with a 195° area of view, yielding a full 360° x one hundred eighty° video protection space and recording at 30 fps. It’s designed to be mounted on commonplace videocamera tripod package and is battery powered for wi-fi operation. A zeitgeisty Nokia promo shot additionally exhibits it hooked up to the underside of a drone.
Ounces’s design incorporates a detachable digital cartridge on the again, which helps round forty five minutes of recording and saves all video and audio to a single file. It additionally homes the rechargeable battery pack. A VR render is outputted stay from the system for monitoring footage in actual-time.
We’ve seen a couple of startups making an attempt their hand at spherical cameras in recent times — such because the likes of Samsung-backed Bublcam, a somewhat extra affordably priced however decrease tech choice (at circa $800). Motion digital camera maker GoPro can also be eyeing the area. However for its preliminary foray into VR cameras Nokia is concentrating efforts removed from such shopper-targeted rivals.
It’s truthful to say that the broadcasting business goes to must be creating a gentle pipeline of compelling VR content material if there’s to be any probability of digital actuality know-how reworking from a distinct segment pastime for geeks into a daily mass market leisure medium. And that’s the excessive finish content material-targeted guess Nokia is making with Ounces.
The corporate is drawing on an extended historical past of digital camera experience honed throughout its cellular making years — together with a 41MP PureView smartphone digital camera that induced a splash again in 2012.