Jul 18

Lytro Prepares Launch of Advanced WebGL Player (Beta) in Lytro Web

Lytro Prepares Launch of Advanced WebGL Player (Beta) in Lytro Web (screenshot taken on 2014-07-18) One month ago, Lytro announced a new open file format and open-source WebGL player, to be released “with the Lytro Illum on July 15″. The camera’s first shipments of the Lytro Illum have been delayed to the end of July, and July 15 quietly went by without release of either the new file format or WebGL player.

Today, the company has published a support document for the new WebGL Advanced Player, which was apparently just integrated into Lytro’s website. Continue reading

Jun 17

Lytro Announces New Open File Format and Open-Source WebGL Player, due July 15

Lytro Announces New Open File Format and Open-Source WebGL Player, due July 15 One of the major points of critique about Lytro’s light field camera(s) is that the only way to share your pictures online is to upload them to Lytro‘s servers first.
Now, in an effort to boost adoption of light field photography, Lytro has announced a new open file format for light field pictures, which will be based on the WebGL standard for 3D graphics. It will be released as an open source project on GitHub, together with a matching, open-source WebGL Player, which will allow users to host interactive light field pictures on their own websites and servers.

“One barrier to [adoption] is we are not as widely deployed and accepted as JPEG,” CEO Jason Rosenthal said in an interview. “We want to start changing that.”

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Jun 11

Meet Lytro’s rumoured “Android-Powered” Light Field Camera: The Lytro Illum

There has been a wave of reports about a rumoured new Lytro camera that will be running Android. All of these reports can be traced back to a tweet by @evleaks:

While tech blogs – especially those covering Android news – are speculating on the details of such a device, we’d like to lift the secret around it. Meet… the Lytro Illum. Continue reading

May 20

Interview: Lytro CEO Jason Rosenthal about Light Field Technology and the Illum

Interview: Lytro CEO Jason Rosenthal about Light Field Technology and the Illum (Youtube screenshot) Last week, Lytro CEO Jason Rosenthal gave a video interview to Netzwelt Live on Google Hangouts.
First, Rosenthal talked about his own background, the basics of light field technology and its advantages over conventional optical systems. Then, he answered some questions regarding Lytro’s advance from a gimmick-style proof of concept to a semiprofessional camera system (Lytro Illum), the Illum’s target audience, and some of the camera’s features. Continue reading