Jul 27

Shipping version of Lytro Illum passes FCC

We just noticed that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) published new documents concerning the Lytro Illum earlier this month. Lytro submitted a new set of standard technical test reports regarding RF exposure (radio frequency exposure) including SAR measurements to the FCC on July 9, and these documents were published on the FCC website two days later.

Shipping version of Lytro Illum passes FCC (Screenshot from fcc.gov)

While the device’s FCC ID has changed from ZMQB5 to ZMQBZ, the model number remains at “B5″ and one of the attached documents refers to “Blitzen”, the Illum camera’s internal code name. Thus, we believe have reason to believe these documents relate to the final version of Lytro’s Illum light field camera that is scheduled to start shipping within a few days. Continue reading

Jul 26

500px Is First External Website to Support Lytro Living Pictures

500px Is First External Website to Support Lytro Living Pictures When Lytro recently announced their new, open source web player for Living Pictures, they also added that photography community 500px would be the first third-party website to support interactive light field pictures taken with the Lytro Illum.
The first Illum shipments are less than a week away, and we’re expecting the release of Lytro’s new WebGL Player to go hand in hand with those shipments.
In the meantime, 500px has gone ahead and activated Living Picture support on the community portal, becoming the first third-party website to do so.

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Jul 25

Pelican Launches 3D Image Viewer, Presents First Interactive Sample Images

It’s gotten a bit quiet around Pelican Imaging, lately. Until today, when the mobile plenoptics specialists have broken the silence and announced their own version of a WebGL light field viewer.

“What do photos with depth look like?”, the company teased in their newsletter. To answer that question, the company has published a small sample image gallery based on the new “Pelican 3D Image Viewer”, which allows users to check out and interact with 8 sample images taken with the Pelican Array Camera.

Pelican Launches 3D Image Viewer, Presents First Interactive Sample Images

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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

Jul 15

Visera Patents Integrated Light Field Sensor Manufacturing Process

Fig. 3 from the patent application shows a schematic of a light field camera including the proposed single-piece light field sensor (picture modified from Wang et al., 2014) Light field technology is making its way into the mainstream, but the production and assembly of some of its components has not quite reached an efficient scale of mass production.
A typical light field sensor consists of an ordinary image sensor and a microlens array (MLA) or printed mask.
In the assembly of light field sensors, one of the most vital processes is the precise adjustment of the MLA‘s position on the sensor. This adjustment is required for every individual sensor and can thus take up a long time. Since the MLA is usually positioned using screws or springs, physical impact on the light field camera may displace the light field sensor’s layers.

With patent application US 20140183334 A1 “Image sensor for light field device and manufacturing method thereof“, recently discovered by Image Sensors World, Visera Technologies is aiming for an integrated manufacturing method for light field sensors: Authors Wei-Ko Wang and colleagues propose a system where two layers of microlenses (and an intermediate space layer) are formed directly on the image sensor using semiconductor processes. Continue reading