This week we’d like you to take a closer look – much closer: A mesmerizingly blue eye of an anonymous beholder looked right into the very lense of the Lytro at asterisk, San Francisco.
As we reported earlier, the Lytro LightField camera already contains a wireless chip that is capable of WiFi and Bluetooth. However, Lytro has neither activated the camera’s hidden wireless feature, nor expressed any concrete plans to do so.
Now that picture seems to be changing, though: Lytro is looking for a software engineer with a strong background in networking and wireless, and calls knowledge of specific wireless protocols (including WPA2-Standard 802.11i and Bluetooth) “a plus”.
Is this a sign that the Lytro will soon gain wireless capabilities? We’re pretty sure it is!
Up until recently, microlense arrays were usually constructed as homogeneous arrays, meaning that every microlense within the array was identical to the others. That means that every microlense results – more or less – in one pixel in the final constructed image. In other words, the final resolution of the image is only a fraction of the sensor resolution.
This seems to be the case with the Lytro LightField camera: Even though it uses a 11 Megaray Sensor, the final resolution is only 1.1 Megapixels (1080 x 1080 pixels).
German LightField specialist Raytrix recently published information on a new improvement for LightField technology, the “multi-focus plenoptic camera (MFPC). Continue reading
There is no doubt that the new possibilities of LightField photography (including software refocus, all in focus and 3D extrapolation) will come in handy in light microscopy.
One question we’ve been asking us ever since Lytro introduced its first-generation consumer LightField camera, is: “Is the Lytro camera suitable for microscope photography?”
Here are some Living Pictures of our first attempt. We just put the Lytro up close to the eyepiece of an Olympus BX41TF light microscope, zoomed in and took some shots at different magnification levels and focal planes (on the microscope side).