Kudos to Jan Kučera (again), for the initiative!
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
Two quick notes regarding software updates for mobile apps:
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 18.104.22.168 also promises better focus.
Lumia users can get the app for free in the Apps+Games Store.
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:
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
At CES 2014, semiconductor giant Qualcomm gave the media and conference visitors some live demonstrations of the recently announced Snapdragon 805 processor. The company’s new flagship System-on-a-Chip (SoC) is powered by a quad-core Krait 450 CPU (2.5 GHz), an Adreno 420 GPU (500 MHz), and even contains a dual camera image signal processor.
To show what is possible with this higher degree of computational power, Qualcomm showed off some new camera features which may make it into the next generation of mobile devices. Continue reading