Lytro started out as a small company trying to bring light field photography to the consumer market. The company soon attracted considerable investments and built two consumer cameras – the Lytro Light Field Camera and the Lytro Illum – which brought breakthrough features such as software refocus and synthetic aperture from lab-sized camera arrays to the hands of the end users. Then, however, the company made a major strategic turn, abandoned the consumer market, and realigned itself to focus (pun intended) on Virtual Reality solutions.
If you’ve been following the development of the Light Field Toolbox for Matlab, please note that the author has released an update with new features: Light Field Toolbox v0.4 builds upon the previous version and adds linear depth/focus and denoising filters for light field pictures.
For more technical information regarding these filters and their use, please refer to the following upcoming publication: D.G. Dansereau, O. Pizarro, and S. B. Williams, “Linear Volumetric Focus for Light Field Cameras,” to appear in ACM Transactions on Graphics (TOG), vol. 34, no. 2, 2015.
As always, you may download the current version and corresponding Light Field Sample Pack via the links below, or head over to the project page for more information:
Light Field Toolbox v0.4 (977.1 KiB, 1,709 hits)
Light Field Sample Pack for LightField Toolbox v0.3 and v0.4 (386.5 MiB, 1,436 hits)
New functions in this version: 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
A few days ago, Jan Kučera released updates to both the Lytro Compatible Viewer and Lytro Compatible Communicator, bringing a range of new viewing options to the earlier, and wireless LFP download to the latter.
The author summarizes what’s new:
The wave of major updates finishes with a new release of the viewer. It now renders sub-aperture, epipolar and raw squared views that can also be exported. The sub-aperture images can be laid each over other to achieve subtle refocus effect. The precision improvements and usage of all microlenses should lead to noticeably better previews. Overall stability, especially when dealing with invalid files, was also improved.
This comes with a small update to the communicator as well, allowing you to generate LFP files from the camera over Wi-Fi, so you no longer need to connect it over USB to get your pictures.
Complete changelogs and download links after the break: Continue reading