Lytro launches to transform photography

June 22, 2011 | Source: Techcrunch

Lytro is developing a new type of camera that dramatically changes photography for the first time since the 1800s, the company claims.

Rather than just capturing one plane of light, it captures the entire light field around a picture, all in one shot taken on a single device. A light field includes every beam of light in every direction at every point in time. Experimentation in this field started in the mid-1990s at Stanford with 100 cameras in one room. Lytro’s innovation is making it small enough to fit in your pocket (it will be incorporated in a consumer-oriented camera in the near future).

As a result you can refocus photos portions of the photo after the fact, wiggle around the orientation, and even show the photos in 3D.

Click on this photo to see the light-field version. Click around to see Elvis come into focus in the foreground. (Click arrow in  lower right for options.) Picture gallery. How it works.

Lytro photo by Richard Koci Hernandez.-- click to see the light-field version (credit: Lytro, Inc.)