Overheard: Word of the Day

Jul 12 2012   1:44PM GMT

Light field photography

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

Grant Hatchimonji “Not only can your photos be shared through Lytro’s site, once your images are uploaded to Lytro’s servers, you can share them all over the web (via email, Facebook, etc.) with the use of a Lytro embedded player, much like the one used to share YouTube videos. That way, anyone looking at your photos in the player won’t need any sort of extra software, they can just click anywhere on the image to shift focus.”Grant Hatchimonji

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is light field photography, an imaging technology developed (pardon the pun) by Lytro that makes it possible to adjust the focus in an existing picture. The cool thing is that you probably won’t have to buy a $500 light field camera to fool around with this photo tech — you’ll be able to mess around with it right from your iPhone or Android phone once they figure out how to the heavy lifting (processing) in the cloud.

Here’s a gallery to visit so you can see light field photographs for yourself. (I should be able just to embed an iframe and show you right here but WordPress keeps stripping out the code.)

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