June 23, 2011

New Camera Adjusts Focus After Picture Is Taken

Lytro said Wednesday its developing a camera that allows people to adjust the focus on photos after they take them.

Ren Ng of Stanford University began the project while working on his PhD eight years ago.  This effort led to the creation of the first camera that captures the entire light field in a scene.

According to Lytro, software was designed to use the light data to allow points of focus to be easily shifted in digital images.

"Shoot now, focus later," the California-based startup company said Wednesday in a blog post describing its innovation.

"A Lytro can also help you remember more of what happened at that party last weekend," the message continued playfully.

Lytro tested prototypes of the camera with photographers and is asking people interested in the gadgets to sign up at its website to measure interest.

Ng said the camera's images were "living pictures" because they allow whoever is looking at them to shift the focus between people or objects captured in photos.

"Our mission is to change photography forever, making conventional cameras a thing of the past," Ng said in a blog post. "Light field cameras are the next big step in that picture revolution."

Lytro is making the cameras itself and did not disclose the planned price.  Andreessen Horowitz provided most of the $50 million in funding Lytro has raised.


On the Net: