Lytro makes Fri videos where possible viewer position may change




Lytro, the company has previously released two light field cameras on the market, presents a new technique for creating Fri videos. With the immerge-platform can be created in which images afterwards viewers themselves can move to a limited extent.

Although with the current VR goggles as the Oculus Rift, and even Google’s cardboard is already possible to see 360-degree videos, the viewer can not thereby change the angle. Lytro introduced now immerge platform that should make this possible. The company uses its light field technology, in which all the light rays are recorded. The device will record the images is equipped with hundreds of light-field modules, which determine where the light hits a surface and where it is then bounced back. If all data is recorded, the scene can be retrofitted as it were recreated from different angles.

Viewers have while viewing the images a limited freedom of movement. It may be looked upon in all directions and it is possible to change of position within the image. According Uploadvr that the creators of the system said, it is possible to move within a radius of about one meter. In addition to positioning the recording technique also allows for the formation of horizontal and vertical parallax, which results in a real sense of depth.

The Lytro immerge platform comprises a special camera, a server for storing and processing the images and editing software, which should also make it easy to combine the images from the camera with cgi. The company promises seamless integration with software such as Nuke. Finally, there is a player to see the result, which should work with all the popular existing VR headsets and headsets that will follow.

The system seems now to be largely in the concept phase, but Lytro has previously operating light field cameras marketed for consumers. In 2011 presented the company’s first camera that can later be brought into focus. In 2014 appeared a sophisticated successor, the Lytro Illum. None of the cameras was a great success and both dropped rapidly in price. The company wants to immerge the platform go in a new direction. That was the beginning of this year clearly, when the company received new money from investors to focus on the VR market.

Companies who want to create content with the immerge platform can log on to deal with a prototype to work. This should happen in the first quarter of 2016, and also expects the first VR goggles for consumers on the market. Lytro is the system later also sell and rent.


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