Lytro – The Start of a Picture Revolution
New information from a top Fortune reporter reveals that Steve Jobs sought out the up-and-coming Lytro camera CEO — and putting Lytro in the iPhone was discussed. Are we going to see this in the iPhone 5???
Lytro, a light-field capture technology that lets you shoot first and focus the shot later, is about to lauch its first consumer models in the US in the first half of 2012. It was developed by Stanford Ph.D and light field expert Dr. Ren Ng.
Before Steve Jobs left us he summon Ng to his Palo Alto home to talk about this new development.
According to Adam Lashinsky, Fortune‘s veteran of the tech beat, Jobs was looking for a new technology that could revolutionize the entire field of photography via the iPhone, and Lytro looked like it could fit the bill for the Apple billionaire.
With Lytro built into every iPhone, instead of the bulkier auto-focus device in current models, people could take snapshots instantly without waiting for the image to focus.
Lytro integrates well with Facebook, allowing your friends to refocus your shot in different ways. That functionality baked into the iPhone would give Apple a vital edge within the social network.
To find out what happened next, and get a sense of how serious Jobs was about this, watch the video above. And let us know in the comments: would you like to see an iPhone with Lytro?