When Lytro recently announced their new, open source web player for Living Pictures, they also added that photography community 500px would be the first third-party website to support interactive light field pictures taken with the Lytro Illum.
The first Illum shipments are less than a week away, and we’re expecting the release of Lytro’s new WebGL Player to go hand in hand with those shipments.
In the meantime, 500px has gone ahead and activated Living Picture support on the community portal, becoming the first third-party website to do so.
It’s gotten a bit quiet around Pelican Imaging, lately. Until today, when the mobile plenoptics specialists have broken the silence and announced their own version of a WebGL light field viewer.
“What do photos with depth look like?”, the company teased in their newsletter. To answer that question, the company has published a small sample image gallery based on the new “Pelican 3D Image Viewer”, which allows users to check out and interact with 8 sample images taken with the Pelican Array Camera.
One month ago, Lytro announced a new open file format and open-source WebGL player, to be released “with the Lytro Illum on July 15″. The camera’s first shipments of the Lytro Illum have been delayed to the end of July, and July 15 quietly went by without release of either the new file format or WebGL player.
Today, the company has published a support document for the new WebGL Advanced Player, which was apparently just integrated into Lytro’s website. Continue reading
Light field technology is making its way into the mainstream, but the production and assembly of some of its components has not quite reached an efficient scale of mass production.
A typical light field sensor consists of an ordinary image sensor and a microlens array (MLA) or printed mask.
In the assembly of light field sensors, one of the most vital processes is the precise adjustment of the MLA‘s position on the sensor. This adjustment is required for every individual sensor and can thus take up a long time. Since the MLA is usually positioned using screws or springs, physical impact on the light field camera may displace the light field sensor’s layers.
With patent application US 20140183334 A1 “Image sensor for light field device and manufacturing method thereof“, recently discovered by Image Sensors World, Visera Technologies is aiming for an integrated manufacturing method for light field sensors: Authors Wei-Ko Wang and colleagues propose a system where two layers of microlenses (and an intermediate space layer) are formed directly on the image sensor using semiconductor processes. Continue reading
With the Lytro Illum scheduled for shipment on July 31st, the New York Financial Press has posted a video of Lytro CEO Jason Rosenthal discussing light field photography, its potential, and Lytro’s vision for the future of cameras: