Bang & Olufsen BeoLab 90

As it is aptly noted on the Bang & Olufsen website, BeoLab 90 is not for everyone. It is hardly surprising given its hefty price tag of $80K. Nevertheless, this sound system is worth every cent. After three years of research and engineering company finally unveiled its loudspeaker at CES 2016.

What is BeoLab 90?

First of all, it’s an innovative piece of cutting-edge technology that is stuffed with multitude of latest advancements in the field of digital sound. BeoLab 90 can boast 18 hi-tech loudspeaker drivers, strategically placed on the tower to provide the best performance. However, speakers are not the only feature that makes BeoLab 90truly impressive. It also possesses 360-degree design that secures incredible clarity of sound in every corner of the room.

How does it work?

BeoLab 90 combines not only speakers, but also sound silencer. Imagine yourself in a conference room where sound reflects from the walls and impedes clear perception of what the speaker is saying. BeoLab 90 absorbs this reflected sound, allowing you to experience sensational clarity of sound. This technology is called an Active Room Compensation. It allows you to enjoy clear sound in any part of your apartment or room.

Moreover, BeoLab 90 can also boast Beam Width Control that allows you to direct sound in any part of the room or the apartment. If in the conference hall people could not hear you clearly from the last rows of seats – no problem, just use the remote control,choose Beam Width Control and direct sound where it is needed the most. You can actually beam it in any direction as BeoLab 90 offers 360-degree coverage.

BeoLab 90

Tech Specs

BeoLab 90 is equipped with 18hi-tech loudspeaker drivers that produce around 8200 watts per loudspeaker via 14 channels of ICEpower amplifiers. It also contains 4 class D amplifiers that were modified for BeoLab90’s unique design. It is made to deliver impeccable sound anytime and anywhere. System can also be controlled by your smartphone with the help of an app. This app can be used to pre-program all settings in compliance with your preferences.

Bottom line:

Bang & Olufsen company has truly outdone itself with this amazing sound system. Ease of use, cutting edge technologies and unbelievable clarity of sound justify the high cost of the system. Those lucky of us who will be able to afford it will be in for a treat. It truly is an innovative, outstanding and inspiring piece of technology.
Nokia OZO

There was a time when Nokia was known for dominating mobile phones market. However, that time has long gone and last year Nokia Technologies called it quits. Nevertheless, the end of the something old is usually the beginning of something new. In the spirit of this saying, Nokia decided to enter new and booming industry of virtual reality. However, as opposed to the majority of companies, entering VR competition, Nokia decided to bank on creators of virtual reality content and not on the end users. The groundbreaking next-gen OZO 360-degree camera for virtual reality was unveiled last year in Los Angeles.

OZO Overview and Price Tag

Given that Nokia created this device for professional VR content makers and VR is already a $7 billion industry, exponentially growing with lightning speed, it was hardly surprising that the price tag was as hefty as $60,000. It is a professional camera for the companies that are focused on creation of immersive 3D virtual environments, which implies long hours of editing, when regular cameras are used. As opposed to this tedious process, Nokia offers fully synced footage that can be easily achieved using OZO. As Ramzi Haidamus, president of Nokia Technologies, stated, "With OZO, we plan to be at the heart of this new world." Their hopes are quite justified, considering the enormous advantage in creation of VR content that OZO can easily provide.

OZO Specs

OZO Specs

OZO is capable of capturing 360° spherical video with surround sound thanks to the eight 2K x 2K camera sensors that record video to 500GB SSD. You will be able to capture 45 minutes long video in one session. It’s obvious how VR professionals will use it, but it doesn’t mean that loaded general users cannot enjoy it – OZO is available for pre-order with $5,000 down payment. It also offers a wide row of wonderful accessories, such as docking station, cartridge bundle or media module. Naturally, all accessories are not included in the standard pack and can be purchased separately.

OZO features:

One of the main advantages of OZO lies in its ability to capture and store video and audio information in one file, which can then be uploaded to you device via one output cable from a single memory cartridge.  

OZO features

Real-Time Monitoring
Real-time monitoring is another advantage of OZO technology as it provides full control of all cameras. Thus, the scene and image is shot from every possible angle and viewpoint. Moreover, camera lenses adjust to the hanging conditions in order to deliver outstanding results.

Integrated Memory
OZO comes with digital cartridges. Each of them has a capacity to store 45 minutes of footage. This is especially convenient because it eliminates the need to store the data piece by piece on multiple external hard drives or multitude of other storage devices.  

Bottom line:

There is no doubt that due to the price tag, OZ will not appear in the homes of general public, however companies that are focused on VR content will see an outstanding profit from using OZO. Nevertheless, there is no need to be disappointed just yet: if the device flies off the shelves and proves to be as useful and irreplaceable as it seems to be, its more affordable siblings are bound to appear. Granted, they will not be for all of us, but for a few of us, who are relatively well off – they will be within reach.
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