Lytro is a US-based company that is looking to take light field technology from a scientific theory into a reality, creating a new camera that lets users take pictures “like never before”.
Unlike a conventional camera that captures a single plane of light, the Lytro camera captures the entire light field, which is all the light traveling in every direction in every point in space.
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“Capture living pictures with the press of a single button. By instantly capturing complete light field data, the Lytro gives you capabilities you’ve never had in a regular camera,” it says.
“Since you’ll capture the color, intensity and direction of all the light, you can experience the first major light field capability – focusing after the fact.”
“Focusing after the fact means no auto-focus motor. No auto-focus motor means no shutter delay.”
“So capture the moment you meant to capture, not the one a shutter-delayed camera captured for you.”
Given our never-ending attempts to take the perfect picture, the Lytro camera is sure to be a standout, so why not take inspiration from the Lytro technology and create something similar?