07. 18. 2011
The Lytro camera lets you interact with images
A new camera called the Lytro aims to change the way we capture photos and interact with them long after they've been taken. It works by recording light fields, which can then be manipulated to alter the focus of a photo at a later date.
The Lytro camera, dreamed up by ex-Stanford student Ren Ng, takes single exposure images that can then be altered to change the focus elsewhere.
According to the Lytro website, it's all about capturing light fields. The camera records the color, intensity and vector direction of light, which normal cameras just can't capture in the same way.
After heavy processing from Lytro's in-built software, users are then able to pick the focus of images and continue to alter them long after the photo has been taken. To see just how effective the final results are, have a play around on Lytro's picture gallery, where you can interact with the images and change the focus yourself with a simple click.
According to Wired, the Lytro is going to be released later this year and you can sign up to be one of the first to try it via the Lytro website. Despite being a very impressive piece of technology, Ren Ng wants to make his invention as affordable as possible, which is great news for the regular consumer.