175 years ago, British inventor William Henry Fox Talbot recorded the first ever photograph on paper. To celebrate the subsequent evolution of cameras and photography, Lytro treats us to an infographic overviewing the major development steps of almost two centuries.
The infographic includes paper photography and digital photography, and ends with the most recent advances in digital imaging, e.g. the Gigapixel camera and their own Illum light field camera: Continue reading
Up until now, Lytro users looking for the iOS app that would let them connect to their Illum wirelessly could only find a notice promising that the “Lytro Mobile for Illum” would be “coming soon”.
A new Lytro support document now states the exact release date of Lytro Mobile 2: it’s tomorrow, August 19 2014.
Update on 2014-08-19: You can now get the app here:
Lytro Mobile 2.0 is the first major release of an app compatible with both the first-generation Lytro camera and the Lytro Illum. The app allwos viewing and interacting with Living Pictures directly on your iPhone or iPad, including software refocus (single tap), synthetic aperture (two finger twist) and perspective shift (rotate device; 64-bit devices only). Continue reading
Lytro’s confidentiality request for the FCC‘s pictures of the Lytro Illum expired yesterday, so the FCC have just published their detailed internal and external photographs of the light field camera and further test setup photos of the preliminary Illum version which was submitted for testing on April 23 2014. (Lytro later re-submitted the shipping Illum version for FCC approval.)
Also newly released is the preliminary user manual for the Illum (link at the end of the article) that was submitted to the FCC, which contained a few asterisks for features that were “not available on the test unit”, namely the Lytro button, AF and AEL buttons, and Continuous Shooting Mode.
Jan Kučera has recently released a suite of software updates for his Lytro Meltdown tools, the Lytro Compatible Viewer (updated to version 126.96.36.199), the Lytro Compatible Communicator (new version: 188.8.131.52), and the Lytro Compatible Library (new version: 184.108.40.206).
Updates include a 3D mesh view from depth maps for the Viewer, improved demosaicing, and user manuals. The library has received accessors for well-known components in light field packages, dedicated classes and methods for easier access to sub-aperture and individual microlens images.
In a recent interview with Lytro founder Ren Ng, German technology news website Heise Online discussed the Lytro Illum‘s special lens design, interchangeable lenses, light field photography as the “new multidimensional Raw”, and Ng’s estimate of when light field photography will replace conventional cameras.
The article is in German, but if you don’t speak the language you can still check out the Google Translate version here:
Interview with Lytro founder Ren Ng: “The multidimensional Raw”