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December 27, 2012

Toshiba reveals Light Field Photography project (oppa Lytro style!)

Lytro is not the only game in town when it comes to light field photography. Toshiba has revealed that they are working on a new digital imaging module that offers light field technology advantages. They will use half a million tiny lenses (0.03mm in diameter each) to capture the pictures and then assemble them together using Toshiba's warez. The new technology promises to provide images that are correctly focused everywhere by taking advantage of the half-a-million tiny lenses. Toshiba promises that this will also work with video capture! It also promises the ability to replace the background while retaining the foreground.

This module is small enough that can be used in smartphones and tablets. Although at the rate smartphone screen-sizes are growing, soon they will be larger than 40-inch HDTVs ;-)

Details at Asahi (English) and Asahi (Japanese).

Via Engadget, The Verge, Techmeme.

There is no mention in the Asahi article as to whether there are plans to develop this technology for digital cameras as well. Smartphones and mobile are where things are hot at the moment, so it makes sense for Toshiba to focus (no pun intended) on those areas.

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