Posts Tagged ‘lytro’

Lytro Unveils the ‘Illum’: A Beautiful Beast of a Light-Field Camera

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More than two years after the debut of the company’s first camera, Lytro has come back with a vengeance. Well, actually, Lytro has come back with an ‘Illum,’ which is the name of a new camera that the company says, “advances the light field category from novelty to game-changing visual medium that could one day rival digital and film.” Read more…

Google Releases Standalone Camera App, Features Lytro-Like Focus Control

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Google wants to give all Android users (or at least those running Android 4.4 and up) the opportunity to use a camera app designed by the same people who made the operating system, and so the company has decided to release a standalone ‘Google Camera’ app packed with a few features that will make it a very tempting download at the price of “on the house.” Read more…

Apple Awarded Patent for Lytro-like Light-Field Camera System

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A patent filed back in September of 2011 was finally awarded to Apple today, and it has the whole photo world atwitter. That’s because this patent describes a camera system that would use the light-field technology made famous by Lytro to take refocusable images — and it could work inside portable devices such as an iPhone.

That’s right, light-field technology in an iPhone… now you see why everybody is excited over something that is, after all, still just a patent. Read more…

Nokia Introduces New ‘Refocus’ App, Turns Lumia Phones Into Lytro-like Cameras

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In addition to announcing the Nokia Camera app and RAW support for the Lumia 1020 and 1520 (read about that here), Nokia made one other camera-centric announcement that had us perking our ears up: the company also introduced a Lytro-like refocusing camera app called Nokia Refocus Lens. Read more…

OPPO Will Integrate MemsCam ‘Take Now, Focus Later’ Tech Into Future Smartphones

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If you’ve been wishing and hoping for Lytro-like ‘take now, focus later” technology to appear in smartphones, it looks like a couple of different companies are planning on making that wish come true. Not only did Toshiba announce its own refocusing module just a couple of weeks ago, it seems OPPO will be putting similar tech into their future camera phones too. Read more…

Toshiba Unveils Dual Camera Module for Lytro-like Refocusing and ‘Deep Focus’

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It’s been 10 months since Toshiba was said to have been developing a tiny camera module that would bring Lytro-style refocusing to smartphones and tablets, but the company only just announced something official. Read more…

Lytro Will Launch ‘Multiple Breakthrough Products’ in 2014, CEO Says

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Ever since Lytro caused a stir by releasing the world’s first consumer light field camera almost two years ago, the company has been somewhat quiet. With the exception of a few updates in November of last year and an iOS app released a couple of months ago, most of the stories we’ve covered with “Lytro” in the title had to do with competitors working on Lytro-like features. All of that is about to change, however, in 2014. Read more…

DSLR Add-On Brings Features Like Lytro-Style Refocusing to Any Camera

Lytro may have made a splash when the company first burst onto the scene with its ‘snap now, focus later’ technology, but the competition has been growing steadily ever since. In addition to companies like Pelican gunning at the light-field market, a new SLR add-on created by researchers from Saarland University in Germany promises to bring Lytro-style refusing and much more to almost any camera. Read more…

Lytro Activates Camera’s Dormant Wi-Fi Chip, Releases iOS App

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Lytro has today taken their light field camera to the next step with the release of a new application for iOS, eliminating the need for users to connect the device to a PC or Mac computer to sync and manipulate photos.
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Nokia Invests in Pelican Imaging for Lytro-style Cell Phone Cameras

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Lytro is seeing more and more competition these days, as more and more companies are jumping into the “snap now, focus later” game. There are now apps that mimic the technology, and companies like Toshiba are working on building Lytro-style smartphone camera modules.

Lytro’s latest challenger may be quite a formidable foe: it appears that Nokia has invested in Pelican Imaging, another startup that’s working on building Lytro-style smartphone camera arrays.
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