Sony Grabs a Lytro-Esque Patent for Light Field Sensor Technology

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Lytro’s one of the few companies out there that are pioneering in what’s called “light field” technology; their light field sensors basically take in massive amounts of data and process them into a small picture that you can interact with. The final result helps achieve a sort of post-focusing effect you’d find in Google Camera’s Lens Blur or the HTC One M8′s double-sensor camera. Back about two months ago, Lytro announced a camera called the Illum – one of the first major steps in making a camera like that reality while keeping the specs a bit up to date.

But right now, the technology’s still in its growing stages. The Illum is a first, but at the same time it’s retaining a hefty price tag of around $1500. It’s needless to say that there’s still a lot left to be done with this technology before it can actually be that profitable. Just recently, Sony took a big step for the future of light field sensors by grabbing their own patent for light field sensors. According to the patent [warning, geeky read], apparently Sony has a way to get past some of the limitations that light field sensors bring to the rest of the technology implemented in. Put that together with the fact that this is Sony we’re talking about, which both has the tech power and the market interest, and you’ve got a pretty promising look at what the future might hold for these new sensors.

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Android’s Next Update Set to Bring Manual Focus, DNG, Exposure Control, and More

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Earlier this month, Apple raised the bar for the iPhone’s camera when it announced iOS 8; the upcoming software is set to give iOS users features such as manual exposure, time-lapse photography, and more. With the passing of Google I/O just last week, we were introduced to Android L. After a weekend of coverage, it looks like Android’s camera is about to get a few small updates, as well…

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Google Declares War On Vertical Video

If you use an Android device (or just read photo and tech blog) there was no way to avoid hearing about Google’s blitz into the Camera app realm with their new Google Camera. The camera has many new features (like adaptive lens blur, Photo spheres and others).

Interestedly, it looks like Google also declared a war on vertical video (also known as VSS or vertical video syndrome).

When you switch into video more the camera app will provide a ‘gentle’ reminder in the form of a ‘please rotate’ icon. This icon should alert you  on the fact that you are not shooting horizontally as any educated photographer should be shooting. [Read more...]

Google Obtains Patents for the Development of Contact Lens Cameras

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Google Glass is on public sale today for one day only. And by that, I mean that the development model with software specifications assigned two years ago is on sale today. They haven’t even fully implemented their Glass technology into the world of wearable consumer technology, yet, and Google already has their mind on the next move. A patent’s just been released that details plans by the company to invent camera technology for contact lenses.

Oh, eat your hearts out, NSA. Eat your hearts out.

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Google Thinks That Photographers Are Not Terrorists (And That They Should Not Use Groupon)

When it comes to the question what interests the world, there is no better place to ask than Google. As the main internet hub which holds about 67% of the searches done worldwide, they know what’s on our minds.

Google Thinks That Photographers Are Not Paying Taxes (And That They Should Not Use Groupon)

Google uses this information to autocomplete any search query to what they think the world is interested in. This is how Google describes the service: “The search queries that you see as part of autocomplete are a reflection of the search activity of all web users and the content of web pages indexed by Google“.

The UN Women recently kicked a brilliant campaign showing how biased or even discriminating those algorithms may be against women, when Google autocompleted queries like “women should” with phrases like “stay at home” and be slaves.

I thought it would be interesting to try this concept on photographers and see what Google (and by extension the world) thinks on what photographers. If you made an interesting autocomplete for photographers leave it in the comments. [Read more...]