Sometimes I really can’t believe how fast and far technology has been coming the past few years. I used to be a fan of the Jetsons cartoon as a kid and always fantasied about some of the cool technologies they had on that show. I couldn’t wait to grow up and get a robot and have a machine that would get me all showered and dressed within seconds. While we don’t have flying cars yet we do have video chat on our cell phones and cool touch tablet devices like the iPad. Yesterday a new company here in the silicon valley got some press that has a totally new type of camera coming out this year.
Lytro is a startup in the valley that has some major funding from some pretty big names. They have created a Light Field camera that basically captures all planes of data in one single photo. This new camera will capture the color, intensity and vector direction of all of the rays of light in a scene. This new sensor is collecting a 3 dimensional image that through the processing of the image can be focused on any part of the scene that you would want to. I know that there have been other companies exploring this type of technology over the past few years and I think there could be some pretty cool possibilities here.
You really have to see the samples to see how cool this is. Here are some samples you can play around with, just click on a part of the image to change the focus. I think this has a ton of possibilities but also have a lot of questions they haven’t answered yet on the specs of the camera. How fast it captures data is important if the subjects in the different planes are moving? What about changing Apertures? I am sure more information will be out when these are closer to being released and if I can get my hands on one for a review I definitely will.
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