Out of focus digital images may soon be a thing of the past thanks to game changing technology from Silicon startup Lytro. The company has found a way to adjust the focus of a digital image after the picture has been taken. Lytro founder and CEO Ren Ng first explained the concept in a 2006 doctoral dissertation at Stanford University and has been able to take the idea from theory to application with a release of the first consumer camera slated for later this year.
The Lytro camera will capture far more light data from many more angles than a current camera does with a special sensor called a micolens array. Sophisticated software allows the user to use the data points to manipulate the image in a variety of ways including eliminating any blur. One big advantage of this technology is that the action shot can be much quicker. No more waiting for the camera to focus which often times results in the shot being lost. The camera will also capture enough data for 3-D images which could be viewed with 3-D glasses on a TV or PC. No word on the pricing of this camera yet which will initially be sold through online retailers such as Amazon as well as the Lytro website. This looks like exciting technology and I can’t wait for the reviews to come in. We may have to purchase one for the Bumblejax shop and write up our own review!