Juha Alarkarhu, who most recently directed Microsoft’s Phones Imaging unit, has announced that he has moved back to Nokia as Head of Imaging and Presence Capture, working on the company’s enterprise-focused virtual reality gear called “Ozo“.
A small announcement: today was my first day in Nokia Technologies! I am now new Head of Imaging in the Ozo team.
— Juha Alakarhu (@jalakarhu) August 1, 2016
Alarkarhu was hired at Nokia in 2004 and led its Imaging Technologies division from 2011 to 2014. After Microsoft acquired the Devices and Services unit, he then directed Technology Development at the company’s Helsinki campus before moving to Redmond for the Phones Imaging job in September of last year.
He oversaw the implementation of optimized digital zoom interpolation in Lumia devices, the Lumia 1020’s 41-megapixel camera and pretty much anything PureView-related as applicable. He also worked on the iris scanner for the Lumia 950.
It’s still quite possible that we’ll continue to see great optical products within Windows 10 Mobile phones of the future — namely, one Surface Phone that may or may not exist. But we don’t know how much progress will be made beyond here.
— Adam Z Lein (@adamzea) July 11, 2016