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Last Gadget Standing – Lytro light field camera

- February 7th, 2012

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We’ve all heard about Last Comic Standing, how about Last Gadget Standing? It has nothing to do with funny gadgets or anything funny about them, but it does have to do with bragging rights. Hosted by a duo of guest emcees – Gary Dell’Abate and Jon Hein from the infamous Howard Stern Show, Last Gadget Standing, according to the good folks from CES (Consumer Electronics Show), singles out one product that’s voted as “most likely to change the face of technology.”

And the Last Gadget Standing, funny enough, after the dust had settled and the people voted just happen to be a camera, called Lytro, from a company with the same name.

Lytro

Now Lytro is not your ordinary camera. Regular cameras capture a single plane of light. Lytro captures the light field data. It’s like you’re capturing that live moment in time and space and all the light that surrounds it; then later, you can go back and choose want you want to focus on.

Snap Now Focus Later

So instead of focusing on a particular object or a subject, as you would normally expect to do, you capture the data and using their software, you pick your focal point after the fact.

You simply hit the centre of gravity shutter button and your HD quality picture your living image is captured.

The camera has instant power-on so no delay; no auto-focus; no shutter motor, no flash, and so again, no delay. You won’t miss that split second opportunity to capture the moment.

 

 

This technology is not new. According to Lytro, light field images were captured over 15 years ago at Stanford University, but that technology required a plethora of cameras tethered to a supercomputer. Today, the company has taken the concept out of the labs and created Lytro.

 

More than just a box

On the outside Lytro looks small plain and simple box camera. It has an extruded anodized aluminum skin with a silicone rubber grip. It measures 1.61”x1.61”x4.41” and weighs 7-½ oz. It features 33mm backlit LCD multi-touch display, an 8x optical zoom lens with touch slider and a constant f/2 aperture. It runs off a long-life internal lithium ion battery and images are stored in its proprietary light field format (.lfp) on an internal flash drive.

Lytro has the potential of creating another art form. Instead about worrying about capturing that moment, Lytro gives you the opportunity to freeze that moment and relive it in different dimensions.

You have to check out their site and see how you can pick a point and focus the image.

Lytro is available on pre-order and comes in 2 configurations. It sells for $399 (8GB 350 Pictures) & $499 (16GB 750 Pictures) all in USD. The 8GB model comes in Graphite or Electric Blue; and the 16GB in Red Hot.

TRY IT

The photo above was taken with a Lytro. Click anywhere on the photo to see how it refocuses. Double-Click to zoom in.  Click on the small click box on the bottom right corner will give you an option to enlarge; this is where you can really experience a living picture. (If the photo doesn’t appear, refresh your screen)

Try it and tell me what you think?

This is so cool!

 

Greg Gazin is the Real Canadian Gadget Guy.

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7 comments

  1. bob | February 12, 2012 at 1:26 am

    Watch out Criminals…Crime Scene Photos are about to change!

  2. les cousins | February 12, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Great advancement in photography,remember taking a picture of an uncle years ago shortly before he passed on.It was out of focus,every time I look at that picture I think why hasn’t someone come up with the technology that would have brought it into focus.I’m sure you’ll have great success with this.It’s a huge step ahead.

  3. Shelly | February 12, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Great idea…but this camera only works with Mac. Will be nice when they come out with PC model.

  4. James | February 12, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    LYTRO works on both PC and Mac……. as do MOST devices……..

  5. another Shelly | February 12, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    I think it is AMAZING that it is available for a Mac first. Awesome technology!

  6. Greg Gazin | February 12, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    Here is the official word from Lytro’s website:

    “Includes a free desktop application for importing, processing and interacting with living pictures from the camera. It is built for Mac OS and requires Mac OS 10.6.6 or higher. A Windows application is in development.”

  7. Drifter | February 14, 2012 at 12:52 am

    @another Shelly
    Yeah, AMAZING! Why is it amazing? You think that being available on Mac first is some sort of indication of the superiority of Macs?

    Have you noticed, Shelly, that PCs are still running on Intel and AMD CPUs, and still running Windows and Linux, and that the Mighty Mac has abandoned the puny Motorola, and now use Intel? And why did they do that? Why, so that Macs could run MS Windows instead of the Apple OS!

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