Nokia Enters Virtual Reality Space with a Spherical Camera Designed for 3D Movies

Finland’s Nokia has unveiled a spherical camera designed for making 3D movies and games that can be watched and played with virtual reality headsets.

The device takes video and audio in 360 degrees with eight sensors and microphones, and is the first from Nokia’s digital media solutions business.

Nokia, once the world’s largest phone maker,  is going through restructuring after selling its mobile phone business to Microsoft last year and following that up with a proposed $17.2 billion acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent, which is set to boost its main network equipment business.

Nokia Executive Ramzi Haidamus, said in a statement, “We expect that virtual reality experiences will soon radically enhance the way people communicate and connect to stories, entertainment, world events and each other,” reports Reuters.

Also, it is speculated that the company is planning to come back to the phone business by designing and licensing handsets once its deal with Microsoft allows it to do that late next year.

In May, GoPro introduced a similar system using 16 cameras and Google’s software. Also, companies like Facebook and Samsung have made announcement of their plans to enter the virtual reality space.