Nokia announced a multi-year deal this week in which it will work with Disney on new virtual reality movies. Nokia’s OZO virtual reality camera, unveiled last July, will fall in the center of the agreement, and will be used by Disney to create virtual reality experiences “to complement Disney’s theatrical releases,” Nokia said.
The Nokia OZO camera has already been used, perhaps as a beta test before inking the agreement. Disney said the OZO helped it create two different virtual reality experiences for its new movie The Jungle Book. Viewers can explore an environment in a full 360-degrees thanks to content recorded by the special camera, which can record content in all directions at once.
“Virtual Reality represents a new frontier in storytelling, and we’re thrilled to be bringing this VR technology to the team at Disney,” Nokia Technologies president Ramzi Haidamus said. “OZO will help Disney bring their film properties to life in new ways through immersive entertainment experiences, and our focus will be on helping them get the most out of VR as they begin to uncover all that it has to offer.”
Expect to see additional content as Disney continues to release new movies in 2016.