Nokia was best known as a maker of affordable cellphones until it sold its mobile business to Microsoft MSFT +0.54% in 2014. Now the Finnish firm is making a hardware comeback—with a $60,000 virtual-reality camera that shoots video few people can watch today.
The camera is the brainchild of Ramzi Haidamus, a Dolby Laboratories DLB +3.03%veteran whom Nokia NOK +0.66% hired to be president of its technology division in July 2014, just after it got out of the cellphone business.
Haidamus said Nokia asked him to figure out what to do with its consumer-hardware division, so he took a tour of the company’s labs. He said the first thing that caught his attention was an early prototype of a virtual-reality camera.
“It was very ugly,” Haidamus said Thursday, in an interview at the European launch of the camera in London. “All you saw was eight lenses in the air and a bunch of wires. It looked like a spider with eight eyes.”
To film virtual-reality video nowadays, a filmmaker typically has to put, say, seven GoPro GPRO -0.91% cameras on a rig, while pointing the lenses in different directions. Nokia says the OZO is the first high-end virtual-reality camera that is ready to go out of the box, with all the cameras and microphones contained within one device.
Haidamus said that at $60,000, the OZO was meant to be sold or rented to professional filmmakers, though he said Nokia planned to later introduce cheaper versions of the camera for hobbyists.
It’s hard to figure out whether anyone would buy or rent the OZO, or whether anyone would watch anything shot on it. To watch a virtual-reality video today, a person would need something like Google Cardboard, which is a cardboard box that lets people view virtual-reality videos on a smartphone, or a more expensive electronic headset.
Gartner analyst Brian Blau said that he expected more than one million virtual-reality and augmented-reality headsets to be sold in 2016, but he doesn’t expect quick, widespread adoption. “There’s a possibility that it could grow quickly, but that could be five or 10 years before it will be ubiquitous,” Blau said.
At the London event, I watched what Nokia said was a live broadcast of an outdoor concert that Nokia set up on a nearby rooftop. The quality was pretty good, and I was mesmerized by an airplane flying overhead. But there was one major downside: When I turned my head to look at the keyboardist, the keyboardist would jump two steps to the right. It was obvious that I had switched between shots created with different lenses, and the transition wasn’t smooth.
Haidamus said Nokia’s software was still learning how to seamlessly stitch together video from different lenses for live broadcasts, and that he expected Nokia to solve that problem by the end of the year, via a software update.
Haidamus declined to reveal how many OZO cameras had been sold since it was introduced in North America last year, saying only that he was happy with the figure. He said Nokia was OK with being an early entry into the virtual-reality camera market, saying it was better than being late.
Either way, the launch of the OZO is a major bet for Nokia, which hopes its hardware division will complement its main business of selling telecommunications equipment.
“This is our first Nokia product since the phone,” Haidamus said. “We are reinventing ourselves with the product.”
Now, Own A Computer In Just $5
Want to buy a computer but don’t have much money?
We have something which suits your pocket. Though this PC has less powerful specifications, one can undertake routine tasks like blogging, and watching videos on it.
The Raspberry Pi Zero W.
It is a motherboard, which has a 1GHz single core processor and 1 GB of RAM. The processor is powerful enough to do light stuff like typing and watching movies.
Connect with TV.
The raspberry pi zero has a HDMI outport. So, you can cast anything on to your casting devices like TV, computer. The raspberry pi zero needs an external power supply, which can be supplied from a normal android USB charger.
The raspberry pi zero doesn’t have internal storage. Therefore, there is need to insert a micro sd card. The pi zero has a 40-pin slot with which you can connect a 40-pin supported device to extend its usage. There is a micro USB slot to connect pen drive, hard disk etc. The pi zero can give an output of 1080p video.
The pi zero is super compact. You can fit in 20 pi zero in your pocket at a time.
The look when all is set up
You can connect the keyboard and mouse for navigating via micro USB slot. There are many Raspberry PCs in the market. The one mentioned here doesn’t support WI-FI and Bluetooth.
As Raspberry pi zero is a motherboard, you will not want its circuit to get damaged. You can buy case for its protection. The cases are also cheap and fit well.
This comCosts as low as $5.
Top 8 Most Expensive Watches in the World
If you love wearing a watch, even though, the new millennium doesn’t need it, thanks to the cell phones which are in their hands all the damn time, the style statement a watch reflects is what nothing else can do. It shows a lot about your personality. And, you might be aware about the intricate details every watch entails. Million dollar watches have expensive stones and diamonds encrusted in them and if you want to make your man happy, and you are also very rich you could gift him one.
Brequet Pocket Watch 1970 BA/12 – $734,000.
It is a pocket watch which in which 18-karat gold is hand engraved. Along with a silver face, it exhibits a brilliant workmanship.
Blancpain 1735 Grande Complication – $800,000
It is one of the most complex watches in the world as its case is made with platinum, and the watch strap is made out of crocodile skin. Not only that, the engine parts are made of 740 pieces of handmade parts and components.
Louis Moinet Magistralis – $860,000.
This is for the stylish men and this watch contains a genuine piece of meteorite that was found on the moon. Oh My God! Did I just stop breathing!
Hublot Black Caviar Bang – $1 million.
It was a draw dropper when it came out in 2009 but this wristwatch is covered in 501 baguette-cut black diamonds and 18-carat white gold which gives it a classic statement and its regaining is status.
Chopard Super Ice Cube . $1.1 million
This Swiss-made watch would look perfect on an elegant woman’s hand as it has 60-karats of diamonds which are cut into perfect cubes. This luxury watch and bracelet is also water resistant to 100 feet and cannot develop scratches.
Patek Philippe Sky Moon Tourbillon . $1.3 million.
A piece of modern art, it is the most complex wrist watch ever made by Patek Phillipe. With night sky on one side that has precision and being more complex with date and the moon phases, on the front, it is an amazing watch.
Patek Philippe Platinum World Time . $4 million.
Another masterpiece created by Patek Philippe was sold at auction for over $4 million USD in 2002. At the time, it was the most expensive wristwatch in the world and you could know the time anywhere in the world. It sustains a variety of finishes to choose from, yellow, white and rose gold and platinum as well.
Chopard 210 karat . $26 million.
Raise the bar high my friends, as here is the winner. It is so expensive that there is no listing. It has 201 karats of colored diamonds and it looks more like a bracelet. It is a spectacular piece of jewellery first and the time piece looks like its surrounded by flowers.
4 Fun and Creative Smartphone Hacks Photographers Will Appreciate
Need a little creative boost this week? Here’s a short video that shares 4 fun smartphone hacks that might just inspire you to create something different using the little computer in your pocket as either the camera or a prop.
The video was created by Salzburg, Austria-based filmmaker Matthew Rycroft, and it covers two digital and two physical hacks you can perform with your smartphone. Let’s take them two at a timeDigital Hacks
The first two hacks are digital, featuring the hidden menus found in the Instagram apps Hyperlapse and Boomerang.
In case you’re not familiar, Hyperlapse creates timelapses by speeding up and smoothing out video footage you capture with your phone, while Boomerang creates animated snippets that “boomerang” forward and backwards in time. They’re fun, gimmicky apps, both of which feature hidden menus that can really turn up the fun.
Four-finger tap four times on your screen when you have either of these apps open, and a menu that lets you control framerates, max speeds, and more pops up, letting you capture longer, better, and more unique creations.Physical Hacks
The last two hacks are physical. First, Rycroft shows you how you can create a pseudo-UV effect by covering your smartphone flash with three layers of tape, and coloring over each layer with blue, blue, and then purple.
Combine that with some highlighter art and you a pretty neat UV-like effect:Then, last but certainly not least, Rycroft shows you how a few triangular pieces of transparency can be taped together to create a done for displaying holographic videos on YouTube.
This isn’t specific to photography per se, but you can certainly use it as a neat prop for your next creative macro photography project. Barring that, it’ll distract and amazing the kids long enough for you to maybe get some edits done:
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