Will This New Camera Affect Virtual Reality Apps?

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One of the most important things to remember about mobile app development is that every advance in hardware technology is a chance to create a mobile app to fully utilise its capabilities. Nokia has just developed a camera that may turn the virtual reality world on its ear. Will you be one of those who figure out a way to get the most out of this new technology?

The camera is called the OZO. It is spherical and has eight cameras and eight microphones. It is intended to provide the capability to create virtual reality imagery using everyday surroundings. This technology can be used for games and other VR applications.

Both images and sound can be captured in 360 degree panorama. The content will be compatible with Oculus Rift and other VR headsets. The OZO looks a lot like the cameras Google uses for Google Street View, but with a handle that makes it look a bit like a gourd. The OZO provides professional quality production, producing stereoscopic video in 3D.

For example, if two sounds are coming at you simultaneously, one from the left and one from the right, the OZO will combine with VR gear to differentiate and reproduce the sounds from the directions of origin.

The device has software which will allow users to experience 360 degree imagery in realtime. Unlike standard panoramic software, users won’t have to “stitch together” pictures to create a panorama.

OZO will be produced in Finland with VR support coming from California. It should be available in time for Christmas.

What it Means to You

If you like VR, this could be a great opportunity for you. It will open up an entirely new paradigm for gaming and for useful apps. Could you use this technology to help amateur video producers? How about helping bands create a 360 virtual reality video with instruments and voices mixed in panoramic 360 degree sound?

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