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Is VR catching on as rapidly as most thought? The primary skilled grade VR digital camera, the Oz, will not be seeing an improve due to gradual improvement.
The eight-lens $45,000 Nokia Ozo VR camera received’t be getting a second model. On Tuesday, October 10, the Finland-based firm introduced restructuring plans that successfully discontinue efforts to additional the digital actuality digital camera.
“In digital media, the slower-than-expected improvement of the VR market implies that Nokia Applied sciences plans to cut back investments and focus extra on know-how licensing alternatives,” the statement reads. “The unit goals to halt improvement of additional variations of the OZO VR digital camera and , whereas sustaining commitments to current prospects.”
The Oz is a high-end digital actuality digital camera with a $45,000 price ticket that makes the digital camera off-limits to shoppers and targeted on skilled content material improvement. Throughout a presentation at Mobile World Congress in April, the corporate introduced plans to deal with professional-grade VR gear together with high-speed wi-fi and client smartphones.
Nokia didn’t launch any onerous numbers on the Oz’s gross sales however they have been slower than anticipated for the $45,000 digital camera. On the time of the 2015 launch and main 2016 firmware improve, Nokia mentioned that the Oz was the one choice designed particularly for the skilled degree. The change means the Oz received’t be seeing extra updates, however Nokia says they may proceed working with present prospects.
The change additionally means as many as 310 workers members out of Nokia’s 1,090 might lose their jobs. The staffing adjustments have an effect on Nokia areas in Finland, the U.S., and the U.Okay.
As a substitute, Nokia will proceed shifting their focus to digital well being, an space of development the corporate introduced a deal with earlier this 12 months to proceed development from the acquisition of Withings in 2016. Investments in digital actuality shall be “optimized” — the corporate says they may focus extra on licensing alternatives moderately than improvement.
“Nokia Applied sciences is at some extent the place, with the proper focus and investments, we are able to meaningfully develop our footprint within the digital well being market, and we should seize that chance,” Gregory Lee, president of Nokia Applied sciences, mentioned in a press release. “Whereas obligatory, the adjustments can even have an effect on our staff, and as a accountable firm we’re dedicated to offering the wanted assist to these affected.”
Nokia’s shifting focus isn’t uncommon for the corporate that launched in 1865 as a paper mill and over time delved into industries from cable to rubber boots. In 2014, a majority of the corporate was acquired by Microsoft, leaving the corporate with Nokia Applied sciences and Nokia Networks.