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.
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 →
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 →
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 →
Calibration is an important part of light field photography: Image processing and image quality can be significantly improved when the physical properties of the camera are known. More specifically, geometric information about the microlenses in a microlens-array-based light field camera can help create more precise depth maps with fewer errors.
Yunsu Bok and colleagues from the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have devised a new method for geometric calibration which – in contrast to conventional methods – does not rely on processing sub-aperture images. Instead, they extract line features and compute a light field camera’s geometric parameters directly from RAW images. Continue reading →