Lytro Looking to Expand Beyond the Camera Business

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Mountain View-based Lytro, a company that specializes in the development of light-field cameras, is making a go at the dev kit market, which could serve to expand its reach well beyond the camera manufacturing industry. The introduction of the Lytro Platform will reportedly give enterprises the opportunity achieve innovations in light imaging using the formerly proprietary technology.

Launched in 2006, Lytro is best known for the development of a light-field sensor that takes photographs in a way much different from traditional cameras. Instead of focusing on a single plane of light, the technology uses sensors to determine the direction light’s traveling in relation to the subject.

This allows users of the company’s namesake camera, the Lytro, as well as its newer product named Illum, to alter the focus of a photograph after it’s already been snapped. 3D effects can also be achieved using the technology.

According to reports, the newly available Lytro Development Kit (LDK) will include an API that makes it possible for enterprises to integrate light-field technology into a number of possible uses including applications in architecture, holography, microscopy, security, and other imaging fields. Suggested uses include the development of lenses for soil and heat signature analysis. 

Pricing is said to start at $20,000 and further information can be found on the company’s website.

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