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?
The information comes from the upcoming book “Inside Apple” as written by Adam Lashinsky, coming out soon of course. In it he reveals that Stanford graduate Ng actually visited Jobs’ Palo Alto home, speaking on the technology and discussing the future with Apple. As far as we know the collaboration did not end up panning out, but you never know! Have a peek at this bit from the upcoming book:
“The company’s CEO, Ren Ng, a brilliant computer scientist with a PhD from Stanford, immediately called Jobs, who picked up the phone and quickly said, “if you’re free this afternoon maybe we would could get together.” Ng, who is thirty-two, hurried to Palo Alto, showed Jobs a demo of Lytro’s technology, discussed cameras and product design with him, and, at Jobs’s request, agreed to send him an email outlining three things he’d like Lytro to do with Apple.” – Lashinsky in “Inside Apple”
Will we see this fabulous technology inside the iPhone and the iPad in the distant future? Or better yet, will we see it in the NEAR future instead? Have a peek at the Lytro “Start of a Picture Revolution” video to see how amazing Lytro says it is, then see the timeline to go back to past Lytro announcements and get in on the fun early!