The FCC has laid its grubby little mitts on the cool Lytro Light Field Camera and torn the device apart to see what's on the inside. The normal camera hardware was spied along with something that was unexpected. Inside the camera, a Marvell Avastar 88 W8787 SoC was discovered, which adds in a couple capabilities that we didn't know the Lytro camera offered previously.
This week there's been quite a bit of talk across the airwaves on how and when light field technology (via Lytro) would be integrated into smartphones - I'm here to tell you why its absolutely absurd to think that it'll be here any time soon. When Steve Jobs met with Lytro CEO Ren Ng, they spoke about what Ng would like Lytro to do with Apple. Though it's been suggested by many, including me, that this meant light field technology could possible in mobile devices such as the iPhone and the iPad, that's simply not true with the current set of rules in both physics and technology.
For those of you that have no idea what the Lytro standalone camera is, know this: it allows you to take a single photo with the ability to focus on any point in its field of view. Capturing the entire light field, all the light traveling in every direction in every dimension - seemed at least a little enticing to Steve Jobs, as it turns out, the CEO of Lytro, Ren Ng, meeting with him soon after the ideas behind the Lytro technology were made public. Can you imagine an iPhone 5 with no need to focus?