Finland’s Nokia Corp. said Tuesday it will price its virtual reality camera at US$60,000 and begin its shipments in the first quarter of next year, Reuters reported.
Launched initially in July, the spherical Ozo camera features eight sensors and microphones and is designed for making 3D movies and games that can be watched and played with VR headsets.
Once the world’s largest maker of mobile phones, Nokia is now focused on making telecom network equipment.
It is also planning to come back to the phone business by designing and licensing handsets next year.
Companies including Facebook Inc., Sony Corp., Google Inc. and HTC Corp. have been investing heavily in headsets that people wear to experience VR, exploring simulated environments through games or films, CNET reports.
Critical to the success of these devices will be abundant, high-quality VR content.
That’s where the Ozo camera comes in. Creating VR content requires specialist equipment to effectively capture the full panorama of a given environment.
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