Nov 11

Lytro Development Kit lets NASA and others build Customized Light Field Cameras

Lytro Development Kit Illustration (actual may differ) - Lytro Development Kit lets NASA and others build Customized Light Field Cameras (image: Lytro) Following two products aimed at the consumer and pro-sumer camera markets, Lytro has released the Lytro Development Kit (LDK) which opens up the technology to anybody, for a price.

The Lytro Development Kit (LDK) [...] is designed for companies that want to explore developing custom light field cameras and applications for use cases outside of photography and storytelling. Continue reading

Nov 05

Light-field powered Virtual Reality: Magic Leap secures 542 Million Dollars in Funding from Google and others

Light-field powered Virtual Reality: Magic Leap secures 542 Million Dollars in Funding from Google and others (image: Magic Leap) A rather secretive startup from Hollywood, Florida, recently made headlines for raising a spectacular investment for their vision of the next generation of Virtual Reality. Big names like Google, Qualcomm Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, and others have put together the sum of 540 million US-Dollars for a company called Magic Leap, but the public isn’t even sure what the company is working on.

The official press release reads: “Magic Leap is going beyond the current perception of mobile computing, augmented reality, and virtual reality. We are transcending all three, and will revolutionize the way people communicate, purchase, learn, share and play.”
…and Magic Leap’s website doesn’t provide many details either.

The company is reportedly working on Dynamic Digitized Lightfield Signals” (Digital Lightfield, in short), a “biomimetic” technology that “respects how we function naturally as humans”. What that means precisely, the company doesn’t explain. However, Technology Review has dug up some interesting patent applications by Magic Leap which may give us a glimpse into what convinced their investors: Continue reading

Oct 13

Researchers Develop Geometric Calibration Method for MLA-based Light Field Cameras using Line Features in RAW Images

^Researchers Develop Geometric Calibration Method for MLA-based Light Field Cameras using Line Features in RAW Images (picture: Bok et al. 2014) Calibration is an important part of light field photography: Image processing and image quality can be significantly improved when the physical properties of the camera are known. More specifically, geometric information about the microlenses in a microlens-array-based light field camera can help create more precise depth maps with fewer errors.

Yunsu Bok and colleagues from the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have devised a new method for geometric calibration which – in contrast to conventional methods – does not rely on processing sub-aperture images. Instead, they extract line features and compute a light field camera’s geometric parameters directly from RAW images. Continue reading

Oct 06

Lytro: List of Third-Party Accessories Compatible with Lytro Illum

Lytro: List of Third-Party Accessories Compatible with Lytro Illum Lytro has released a list of third-party accessories that have been successfully tested with the Lytro Illum light field camera.
The list contains different kinds of cases (carry bags, holsters and sleeves) and straps, and an as-of-yet limited collection of suitable tripods, flashes, LCD hoods/shades and timers.

Click through to check out Lytro’s officially supported camera accessories. Continue reading

Oct 04

Ebook: Using Lytro Illum – A Guide to Creating Great Living Pictures

Ebook: Using Lytro Illum - A Guide to Creating Great Living Pictures (picture: Josh Anon) So your Lytro Illum has finally arrived – now what? In many respects, light field photography is fundamentally different from traditional photography, and the switch from one to the other may not be an easy one for everybody.
Josh Anon, nature photographer and former Senior Product Manager at Lytro, recently published a new ebook titled “Using Lytro Illum – a Guide to Creating Great Living Pictures“.

Using LYTRO ILLUM provides a comprehensive overview of the Lytro ecosystem. Endorsed by Lytro, Inc., this book covers everything from what the light field is to how to take advantage of the Lytro button while shooting to how to edit your pictures outside of Lytro Desktop. It’s the one guide that will take you from novice to living picture expert!

We had a closer look at whether the book delivers what the title promises, and in this article, we’ll tell you what we think.

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