The Future: Siri-ously Lytro
Siri is the incredible new virtual assistant for the iPhone 4S. It (she) works with voice commands and as far as intuitive control goes, it gets no better than that. Nothing comes close to voice control when it comes to passing commands right now… maybe until they perfect that Emotive brain control system.
Why is this awesome? Say for example you want to create an appointment tomorrow for 2pm. On most devices, the procedure would be something like this:
- Launch the calendar application
- Select the option to add a new appointment
- Enter the title or description of the appointment
- Enter the location
- Pick the date
- Pick the time
Words can not describe the awesomeness of this camera… So I found a video to break it down. In a nutshell, the Lytro camera captures the light field as opposed to just a plain image. With this light field data you can refocus an image after taking it. That’s incredible. Further more, you can parallax-pan the image and do all sorts of magic with the picture data. I can foresee this technology moving into mobile phones. I mean, there’s no need to focus and the camera is lightning fast — perfect for mobiles.
There is room for improvement though. The 8x optical zoom is probably part of the reason why it has such unique elongated cube design. Also, I assume the large amount of data captured is the is probably why the Lytro camera can’t do video right now but I’m sure with advancements in storage and perhaps some optimization and compression, we’ll be seeing that soon.This kind of camera will definitely shake things up and I can not wait to see it extend to video capture and mobiles. Enjoy the Lyro camera demo from All Things D at the AsiaD conference with Walt Mossberg below.