Apr 17

Apple buys Array-Camera Maker LinX for DSLR-Quality and Light Field Imaging

Apple buys Array-Camera Maker Linx for DSLR-Quality and Light Field Imaging Apple is known to have been interested in light field technology since before Lytro released their first-generation light field camera, as Ren Ng was reportedly invited by Steve Jobs himself to discuss the technology’s potential. The company has even patented some of their own inventions in the field.
Now, it seems that the tech giant has made its next move towards light field photography: Apple has acquired Israeli camera module maker LinX, which specializes in thin camera arrays similar to Pelican Imaging’s PiCam.
LinX promises powerful camera modules with advanced image quality (“leading the way to DSLR performance in slim handsets”), but also additional information such as scene depth through its “multi-aperture” modules (read: array cameras and possibly light field technology).

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Aug 18

Lytro Mobile for Illum: iPhone and iPad App to be Released Tomorrow

Lytro Mobile for Illum: iPhone and iPad App to be Released Tomorrow (picture: Lytro) Up until now, Lytro users looking for the iOS app that would let them connect to their Illum wirelessly could only find a notice promising that the “Lytro Mobile for Illum” would be “coming soon”.
A new Lytro support document now states the exact release date of Lytro Mobile 2: it’s tomorrow, August 19 2014.

Update on 2014-08-19: You can now get the app here:

Lytro Mobile App (AppStore Link) Lytro Mobile App (Free)
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Lytro Mobile 2.0 is the first major release of an app compatible with both the first-generation Lytro camera and the Lytro Illum. The app allwos viewing and interacting with Living Pictures directly on your iPhone or iPad, including software refocus (single tap), synthetic aperture (two finger twist) and perspective shift (rotate device; 64-bit devices only). Continue reading

Nov 26

Apple patents Light Field Hybrid Camera that can switch between Traditional and Plenoptic Imaging

Apple patents Light Field Hybrid Camera that can switch between Traditional and Plenoptic Imaging Smartphone makers around the world are racing release the world’s first light field enabled smartphone. According to some reports, manufacturers such as Apple, HTC, Nokia, and also the MIT are working on further miniaturizing the technology to fit into mobile devices. Meanwhile, companies like Pelican and Toshiba are finalizing their camera designs for third-party licensing.

Now, The US Patent and Trademark Office has granted Apple a new patent describing a “digital camera including refocusable imaging mode adaptor”, and it comes with an interesting addition to the existing light field solutions by Lytro or Raytrix. Continue reading

Nov 12

Lytro Mobile 1.2 brings Full Screen Mode, Airplay Support and 3D Export

Lytro Mobile App Hand in hand with the update to Lytro Desktop comes Lytro Mobile 1.2, the second update to Lytro’s companion app. Just over a month after the release of version 1.1 of the iPhone app, Lytro adds some interesting new features.

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From the official changelog:
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Oct 08

Lytro Mobile App: Update brings Living Filters, more Perspective Shift, OTA Firmware Updates and more

Lytro Mobile App: Update brings Living Filters, more Perspective Shift, OTA Firmware Updates and more Lytro has just released the first major Update to Lytro Mobile, the App for iPhone and other iOS devices. Version 1.1 brings serveral new features to iPhone users, including the possibility to add Living Filters to your pictures. You can also experience Perspective Shift more intuitively by just tilting your iPhone (featuring your phone’s accelerometer), create an additional type of GIF animation (“3D wiggle”).
The company has also added a way to remove pictures from your online picture album (pictures.lytro.com) and camera stream, and a convenient way to update your camera’s firmware over-the-air (wireless).
 

Here’s the official changelog information: Continue reading