When Nokia Technologies was looking for a visionary mind to lead its way into the future, their choice fell on Lebanese Ramzi Haidamus a former Dolby Executive Vice President who has played a big role getting Dolby to where it is today.
During a small gathering with Ramzi in Beirut, one could tell from this man’s eyes that a hidden magic trick was up his sleeves and from the way he talked proudly about his Nokia team it was definitely going to be big!
Well the reveal started yesterday with two posts on Haidamus’ wall mysteriously captioned “nowhere”.
As the event unraveled in Hollywood, the reason behind Nokia’s choice of location, became clear. The tech company was taking the world into new frontiers of film making by releasing OZO, a futuristic new camera for filming virtual reality.
Intended primarily for non-consumer use (for now at least), the next-generation camera captures audio and video in 360 degrees giving users a full high quality immersive experience.
The camera can also render, in a few minutes, a low resolution video of what is being shot thus allowing directors to fix and improve movie scenes without having to take the raw footage through long hours of post production.
The Verge, reporting on this big reveal, also spoke highly about the audio experience which is probably due to Haidamus’ long experience at Dolby:
“Audio is captured in three dimensions by eight microphones embedded in the camera, and the result is audio that helps to locate you in space. If you hear a dog barking behind you on in Ozo-produced VR, look behind you — you’ll see the dog.”
Kudos to Ramzi Haidamus and the Nokia team for proving that this company which once changed our lives through mobile technology is also able to lead humanity in a multitude of unpredictable fields and directions.
Until we get to witness this camera in action in movie theaters, you can check this video of OZO’s futuristic design!
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