Lytro: The future of imaging?
I met Ren Ng 4 to 5 years ago in Mountain View when he invited me to come over and see a new sensor technology he was developing. I saw some of the early prototypes cameras of what eventually became the Lytro camera. If find this discussion at TED X particularly fascinating – notably towards the last third – where he discusses the possibility of creating a 3D image, let alone computational computing’s power to actually have us MOVE around an image after the fact. This has tremendous applications not only to stills – but also potentially to film and gaming technologies.
You should definitely check this video out to see Ren give you a pretty unique view into the history of photography, the potential future of imaging, and a totally unique way to capture light. Very very inspiring…
On a side note (and I should note this is TOTAL SPECULATION on my part) I have been waiting for a long time to see if this technology would someday make its way into the iPhone or some other Apple product, let alone another big camera company – as it was reported that Ren met with Steve Jobs on several occasions, notably close to the time of Steve’s passing. This technology is simply too important to ignore- and has incredible potential uses for both amateur and professional photographers. I do believe that this technology already holds a place on the timeline of imaging history – and that we "haven’t seen anything yet."