Rony Abovitz, CEO of the secretive startup Magic Leap, was expected to reveal the company’s rumoured Augmented Reality headset recently at a TED talk in Vancouver, but canceled a few days before. Instead, the company released a 90 second promo video teasing an AR game that it says is “currently being played at the office”, and it looks pretty awesome.
Video description: Unfortunately, we couldn’t make it to TED, but we wanted to share one of the things that we’d planned to share at the talk. This is a game we’re playing around the office right now (no robots were harmed in the making of this video).
As much potential as light field technology has, Lytro is – until now – the only company actually going that way with consumer cameras.
Now, according to Canon Rumors, Canon may be one of the first “big” camera makers working on integrating light field features into DSLR and Point-and-Shoot cameras:
We’re told that Canon is working to implement depth of field control in upcoming PowerShot and Rebel DSLRs. Continue reading →
Lytro’s first generation LightField camera recently celebrated its first birthday. So what, you might ask, is next up Lytro’s sleeve? What will the second generation camera be like, and what lessons from the first generation will be turned into improvements for the second one?
In a Techhive article that focuses (pun intended) on an alternative way of creating interactive click to focus images, we found what may be the first official hint at Lytro’s upcoming products. First off, there aren’t many details – let alone a timeframe – but we’re still a bit excited.
Lytro’s Director of Photography Eric Cheng had this to say during a discussion of some restrictive aspects of their Terms of Service:
As we reported earlier, the Lytro LightField camera already contains a wireless chip that is capable of WiFi and Bluetooth. However, Lytro has neither activated the camera’s hidden wireless feature, nor expressed any concrete plans to do so.
Now that picture seems to be changing, though: Lytro is looking for a software engineer with a strong background in networking and wireless, and calls knowledge of specific wireless protocols (including WPA2-Standard 802.11i and Bluetooth) “a plus”.
Is this a sign that the Lytro will soon gain wireless capabilities? We’re pretty sure it is! Continue reading →