Ren Ng is the name behind a major step towards hand-held light field cameras. After spending 8 years commercializing the product of this PhD thesis for the consumer market, the founder and executive chairman of Lytro has announced he will return to academia in 2015.
Ng will remain a full-time chairman of Lytro through the summer of 2015, when he will commence a position as assistant professor at the University of California in Berkeley’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Continue reading →
In a recent interview with Lytro founder Ren Ng, German technology news website Heise Online discussed the Lytro Illum‘s special lens design, interchangeable lenses, light field photography as the “new multidimensional Raw”, and Ng’s estimate of when light field photography will replace conventional cameras.
In the following two videos, Lytro founder Ren Ng gives us a first hands-on look at the company’s new flagship camera, the Lytro Illum.
He also shows off the features of the new iPad app that will be released together with the Illum in July 2014, and offer “tap to refocus”, Perspective Shift, and even adjust the depth of field, in Living Pictures.
It was not easy to miss last week’s announcement of Lytro’s second-generation light field camera, especially for technology enthusiasts. Yet, despite all the media coverage, there are some very interesting details to the Lytro Illum that you likely haven’t heard yet.
We’ve collected 6 facts about the Lytro Illum camera that you probably didn’t know: Continue reading →
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 →