Apr 20

Lens Blur: Google Camera App for Android gets Refocus and Adjustable Depth of Field

Lens Blur: Google Camera App for Android gets Refocus and Adjustable Depth of Field (picture: Android Police) Light field technology is gaining momentum in the mainstream, but we have yet to see the first smartphone featuring a Pelican Array Camera, Tesseract/Focii module, or something similar.
Meanwhile, more and more developers are using advanced software in conjunction with traditional camera modules to recreate one of the most popular features of the light field: software refocus.

The latest addition to the growing list of companies/developers recreating the refocus effect on mobile devices is none other than the mother of Android: Google. Introducing “Lens Blur”, the company has included their own version of software refocus into its all-new Google Camera app (free). Continue reading

Apr 15

Lytro: No Android App in 2014, “Deep” into New Flagship Product

Lytro Mobile: iPhone App for WiFi Transfer from Camera, On-The-Go Sharing and more About 10 months ago, Lytro introduced an iOS companion app called “Lytro Mobile” and, at the same time, released a firmware update activating the camera’s internal WiFi chip.
The app makes it possible for iPhone, iPod and iPad users to connect wirelessly to the camera, download and preview Living Pictures, upload them to the “Mobile” album on pictures.lytro.com, and even create nice little GIF-animations demonstrating refocus and Perspective Shift. With newer versions of the app came additional features like Living Filters, AirPlay support and 3D export.
Meanwhile, the Android community has been waiting for the release of an Android app.

Slumbering in the “Feature Requests” section of Lytro’s customer support, there’s a request for an Android app, which has had the official status “Planned” for a while now. Revisiting this discussion, we found some recent responses by Lytro staff, which don’t sound to promising for Android users: Continue reading

Mar 29

Lytro Meltdown Update: Viewer 2.0 and Communicator with New Features

Lytro Meltdown Update: Viewer 2.0 and Communicator with New Features A few days ago, Jan Kučera released updates to both the Lytro Compatible Viewer and Lytro Compatible Communicator, bringing a range of new viewing options to the earlier, and wireless LFP download to the latter.

The author summarizes what’s new:

The wave of major updates finishes with a new release of the viewer. It now renders sub-aperture, epipolar and raw squared views that can also be exported. The sub-aperture images can be laid each over other to achieve subtle refocus effect. The precision improvements and usage of all microlenses should lead to noticeably better previews. Overall stability, especially when dealing with invalid files, was also improved.
This comes with a small update to the communicator as well, allowing you to generate LFP files from the camera over Wi-Fi, so you no longer need to connect it over USB to get your pictures.

Complete changelogs and download links after the break: Continue reading

Mar 17

Lytro Compatible Communicator: Wireless Shutter Release and File Access for your Lytro Camera

Lytro Compatible Communicator: Basic Information (screenshot: Jan Kučera) Remember Jan Kučera’s Lytro Meltdown with LFP File Viewer and Windows Shell Integration?
The author has just released a new piece of software called “The Communicator”, which allows you to connect to your Lytro Camera’s WiFi and

  • Read out basic hardware information, battery status, camera time and more.
  • Wirelessly view and download pictures currently stored on the camera.
  • Monitor internal camera activities.
  • Download other files from the camera’s internal storage.
  • Send raw commands to the camera. (only try this if you know what you are doing!)
  • Remotely “press” the shutter button and take a picture via WiFi.

Before you continue, please be advised that using third-party software to communicate with your Lytro camera voids your warranty and is potentially dangerous! Continue reading