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    Google to acquire Lytro for $40 million, says report

    Lytro is best known for its light field camera 'infinite-focus' technology.
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    Re: Google to acquire Lytro for $40 million, says report

    Now THIS is big and exciting tech news>

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    Re: Google to acquire Lytro for $40 million, says report

    Quote Originally Posted by ETR316 View Post
    Now THIS is big and exciting tech news>
    Indeed - Now you can not only be permanently connected to the internet and your every activity tracked, monitored, mined for data and exploited... but it will all be in infinite focus, so there's no doubt it's your face being plastered all over the web!!

    [nudges Saracen.....]

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    Re: Google to acquire Lytro for $40 million, says report

    I suspect this is a patent purchase not a tech purchase

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    Re: Google to acquire Lytro for $40 million, says report

    Google already has been researching lightfield technlogy:

    https://www.blog.google/products/goo...-light-fields/

    So this is probably adding the stuff that Lytro did to that,since they want to leverage this for VR use.

    OTH,it also has implications for phone cameras a few years down the line. Being able to selectively blur and bring into focus objects after the picture is taken,would be another step in computational photography for the masses. The only issue is the hardware is quite bulky,but I can see as it is refined it might be possible in a smaller form factor at some point.

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    Re: Google to acquire Lytro for $40 million, says report

    instead of using lightfield why don't you use Artificial intelligence/ Machine Learning?

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    Re: Google to acquire Lytro for $40 million, says report

    Quote Originally Posted by lumireleon View Post
    instead of using lightfield why don't you use Artificial intelligence/ Machine Learning?
    Well would involve internet access... ?

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    Re: Google to acquire Lytro for $40 million, says report

    Quote Originally Posted by lumireleon View Post
    instead of using lightfield why don't you use Artificial intelligence/ Machine Learning?
    Obligatory XKCD moment:


    https://xkcd.com/1425/

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    Re: Google to acquire Lytro for $40 million, says report

    TBF,scene comparison checks have been done as long ago as over 20 years ago with the Nikon F5 film SLR. The 3D Matrix metering system used a scene comparison system to compare lighting conditions from a database of 30000(IIRC) pre-stored scenes from real world pictures to get as natural a looking exposure as possible.

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