Mar 25

Tesseract: Light Field Photography, Automated Subject Extraction and 3D Filters for your Smartphone

Tesseract Logo Remember Focii? The innovative light field capture method, developed by Kshitij Marwah at MIT Media Lab, allows users to convert ordinary cameras into light field cameras just by placing a coded mask film on top of the image sensor. Marwah has successfully ported Focii to a smartphone, and recently launched Tesseract Imaging to make the technology commercially available.
In a recent presentation at INKtalk, Kshitij Marwah presented the new product, and demonstrated three features on his modified Android smartphone (details below), live on stage: 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

Mar 15

App Updates: Nokia Refocus for All Lumia Phones, Lytro Mobile Bugfixes

Two quick notes regarding software updates for mobile apps:

Nokia Refocus App: Now Available to all PureView Lumia Devices running Amber Nokia’s Refocus App for Windows Phone 8 has just been released for all Lumia Smartphones, including those that don’t feature PureView cameras. The current app version 1.1.3.1 also promises better focus.
Lumia users can get the app for free in the Apps+Games Store.

Lytro Mobile App Lytro has released a small update to their Lytro Mobile App (version 1.2.2), which brings “bug fixes and performance improvements”, especially “fixed support for HTTP 1.1 Content-Length: chunked”. Lytro Mobile is available for free in the iOS App Store:

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Mar 14

HTC One M8 to feature Dual Camera for Software Refocus

HTC One M8 to feature Dual Camera for Software Refocus (picture: GSMArena) It looks like 2014 is becoming the year of mobile software refocus: Toshiba has reportedly already shipped first samples of their Dual Camera module to manufacturers, and Pelican Imaging is making more and more public appearances. On major mobile platforms, several apps already recreate Lytro’s refocus effect with traditional cameras, including some manufacturer-made ones, e.g. in Nokia’s Lumia Phones, Samsung’s Galaxy S5, Sony’s Experia Z2, the LG G Pro 2, and the Meizu MX3.

Now, HTC reportedly jumps on the refocus bandwagon with their upcoming smartphone codenamed M8: According to the below snapshot of a purportedly upcoming flyer for Australian mobile provider Telstra, the “All New HTC One” will feature a “Duo Camera” that allows users to “choose where to focus”, which sounds a lot like Lytro-style software refocus. Continue reading