Nov 30

Lytro Founder to Join UC Berkeley as Assistant Professor in 2015

Lytro Founder to Join UC Berkeley as Assistant Professor in 2015 Ren Ng is the name behind a major step towards hand-held light field cameras. After spending 8 years commercializing the product of this PhD thesis for the consumer market, the founder and executive chairman of Lytro has announced he will return to academia in 2015.

Ng will remain a full-time chairman of Lytro through the summer of 2015, when he will commence a position as assistant professor at the University of California in Berkeley’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Continue reading

Nov 30

Light Field Toolbox 0.3: Compatibility with Lytro Illum and Lytro Desktop 4 and more

Light Field Toolbox 0.3: Compatibility with Lytro Illum and Lytro Desktop 4 and more Donald Danserau’s LightField Toolbox is a collection of software tools to process light field data in Matlab. The software package has recently received an update to version 0.3., which adds compatibility for files created with Lytro Illum and Lytro Desktop 4.
LightField Toolbox can now directly open Lytro LFP files, and new functions allow reading of gantry-style light fields.

Continue reading

Nov 24

Lytro Meltdown: Illum Support in Not Before Spring 2015

Lytro Compatible Viewer: Parallax Shift with processed image stack As many of our readers already know, the Lytro Meltdown contains lots of inside information and series of software tools to explore RAW and processed Lytro pictures. Programmes like the Lytro Compatible Library, Lytro Compatible Viewer and Lytro Compatible Communicator are compatible with the first-generation Lytro camera, but only some features currently work with the Lytro Illum‘s pictures.

Now, author Jan Kučera answers the question when his software will receive Illum compatibility – which unfortunately won’t be in the very near future: Continue reading

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