Lytro Timeline

Lytro’s story is one of success, and it is (so far) also a relatively short one: Founder, Executive Chairman and former CEO Ren Ng started his research in the field of computational photography / LightField imaging in 2003. Within just a few years, he managed to build a company of 100+ employees and raised funding in excess of 50 million dollars.
Lytro has done what the big camera makers apparently didn’t dare to: The world’s first consumer LightField camera is available since February 2012, and regularly makes the news and press.

We’ve assembled the major (and some minor) landmarks of Lytro history in the following timeline. Click any entry for more information, or year numbers to open all included entries.


Ren Ng’s PhD Thesis
Refocus Imaging
Demo at Intel Developer Forum


Lytro launches out of Stealth Mode: Start of a Picture Revolution
First LightField 3D Demo
Official product launch and first demo


New Feature: Creative Mode
First LightField Cameras Ship
First Camera Accessories
Ren Ng leaves CEO position
Windows Software
Retail and International Sales
Milestone: 400,000 shared Living Pictures
New Feature: Manual Camera Controls
New Camera Models and Accessories
New Features: Perspective Shift, Living Filters
New Feature: Self Timer


iPhone App & WiFi Firmware
International Sales: Europe Launch
New Features: 3D, All in Focus
New Camera Models: Cobalt Blue and Champagne
40 Million Dollar Funding Boost, New Hardware Teased


Lytro Illum: Lytro goes Professional

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