Are you still looking for an easy way to explore those Lytro LFP-files outside of Lytro Desktop? Jan Kučera from Charles University Prague has taken a closer look at the Lytro camera, and published his findings on a small website titled LYTRO meltdown.
Tech-minded fans will find some very detailled information on the camera hardware and structure of basic files associated with the camera and software. For example, did you ever wonder what the “backup” really does, when you connect your camera to the computer for the first time?
The homemade software library (LightFieldLibrary.dll) available at the website works with Lytro’s light field files, and allows programmers to integrate Lytro compatibility into their own software.
There’s also something waiting for the less tech-savvy Lytro fans: Jan’s very own Lytro Compatible Viewer, which enables you to easily open raw and processed lfp files: Continue reading
Google’s Nexus line of smartphones and tablets represents not only a family of mobile devices with a pure, unadulterated Android experience, but also important flagship devices with the newest OS version and features.
Recent rumors have outfitted the next Nexus phone generation, dubbed Nexus 5, with the innovative MEMS camera technology. The first ever camera with MEMS technology, short for micro-electro-mechanical silicone system, was presented to the world about 6 months ago and offers ultra-fast focus (up to 7x faster than current cameras) while minimizing both size and energy consumption. The product has been marketed as bringing Lytro-like software refocus to smartphones, without the need for light field technology.
Tech-Giant Toshiba first appeared in the “refocus market” several months ago, when news got out about a tiny light field camera module for smartphones and tablets in development. According to the original report, the prototype was scheduled for mass production “by the end of fiscal 2013″.
Last week, Toshiba officially announced a smartphone camera module with refocus capability, but it’s quite different from the products that were described earlier this year: Instead of a single 1 cm2 camera module with 8-13 megapixel sensor, 500,000 microlenses and effective resolutions of 2 megapixels (6 MP in the second prototype), the new prototype dubbed TCM9518MD consists of two 5 megapixel cameras, a Large Scale Integrated (LSI) chip and no microlenses at all.
In an official press release, Toshiba announced that the dual-camera module will offer software refocus and other features, but not 3D functionality. The module is priced at 5000 Yen (approx. 52 USD, 38 EUR). Working samples will be available in January 2014, and mass production is set for April 2014.
Update: As it turns out, the Ringfoto Autumn Fair is only open to Ringfoto vendors, not to the general public. Thanks to Martin Wagner for the note!
Have you ever wanted to get your hands on one of Lytro’s Light Field Cameras, but never found an opportunity in Europe? Lytro will be represented at the Ringfoto Autumn Fair in Erlangen, Germany, from 11 to 13 October 2013.
Ringfoto, Lytro’s exclusive distributor in Austria, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands, will be demonstrating the Lytro Camera to photo vendors.
To our knowledge, the Ringfoto Autumn Fair marks Lytro’s second official participation at a fair in the German-speaking region, following Photokina in Cologne, last autumn.
Full press release (in German) after the break: Continue reading
For the past year, the Fraunhofer Digital Cinema Alliance has been researching new, cheaper technology and workflow solutions for 3D film making. In a recent press release, the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits (IIS) announced some of the newest innovations from the Spatial-AV project. There’s a new, miniaturized 360-degree ultra-high definition panoramic video camera rig, a prototype microphone management solution for spatial audio recording, and – most interesting to us – a “Light-field Media Production System” that is touted as being “the most innovative lightfield camera recording system to date”.
Let’s have a closer look at Fraunhofer’s setup: