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Opening of the academic year goes virtual with the OZO camera

For the first time, TUT’s Opening of the academic year will be recorded as virtual reality. Researchers of the Department of Signal Processing are bringing a Nokia OZO camera to the opening ceremony in Festia on 7 September 2016.

Virtual reality may well be mundane sooner than we think. The researchers of TUT’s Department of Signal Processing are working in close cooperation with Nokia to find out how virtual reality could be utilised for educational purposes. In the research project, the Nokia OZO camera is used for recording the opening ceremony as well as lectures to analyse the potential of the method in education development.

“For now, the material recorded at the opening ceremony and during lectures will remain in research use, but technically speaking, the use of virtual reality in teaching is already possible,” Ugur Kart, a doctoral student at the Department of Signal Processing explains.

Circular in shape, the Nokia OZO is the first professional 360-degree virtual reality camera. The device features multiple lenses that capture footage from multiple angles. The outcome is a full image of the space, including sounds. The footage is viewed with a separate VR headset that allows full panning of the space. Sounds can be heard as if they come from their original natural directions.

“Experiencing this type of virtual reality for the first time was truly mind-blowing. It is unlike watching a regular video, as it genuinely feels like you are right there,” Kart reminisces.

The Nokia OZO has been developed in Tampere and the cameras are manufactured in Finland. The prices on VR cameras are still high, but VR headsets for viewing are available at student-friendly prices.

“It is a great opportunity for us to use the OZO camera in our research. We also use the Nokia software and the company’s experts and engineers have been very helpful to us,” Kart says.

Welcome to TUT’s Opening of the academic year!

Date and time: Wed 7 Sept 2016 at 1:15 pm
Location: Festia large auditorium (Korkeakoulunkatu 8)


After the opening ceremony, TUTLab opens its doors at TUT. TUTLab is a brand-new learning environment that provides the facilities for anything tech students may need for executing their ideas. The lab sports state-of-the-art equipment and software for planning and executing digital manufacture and it will be open to the whole campus community. Welcome to the opening event – find out what TUTLab is all about!

Date and time: Wed 7 Sept 2016 at 3:30–7:00 pm
Location: TUTLab, Sähkötalo (Korkeakoulunkatu 3)

News submitted by: Sanna Kähkönen
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