As section of its go absent from purchaser gear in the direction of experienced cinema components, Lytro has killed off the internet site that at the time hosted its “living photographs,” still photographs taken with its cameras that could be refocused soon after the point. This will transform a handful of these photographs, exactly where they had been embedded on the website about the earlier several a long time, into vacant frames. If you want to see light field images now, you will will need to see them in the desktop app.
In 2012, when I reviewed the original Lytro digital camera, I wrote:
“The Lytro program is minimal to searching your photographs and grouping them into ‘stories,’ and you can upload them right to (and only to) Lytro, which will provide them for… eternity, you hope. Not much of a decision there.”
As I fifty percent predicted would be the scenario at the time, eternity turned out to be on the brief facet — till it grew to become inconvenient for the enterprise to host it. Of course, it’s not likely there were being quite a few energetic buyers of the company now Lytro still left the purchaser digital camera market place two a long time ago when there proved to be minor demand for its technically amazing but eventually gimmicky cameras.
A single under no circumstances ought to rely on solutions that present so minor flexibility in how you obtain and provide your own details, but Lytro’s tech was unique in that it effectively demanded a distinctive plug-in to see adequately. These plug-ins you would embed where ever you preferred to share a “living photo,” a fairly clumsy clumsy remedy that contributed to the usability challenges endemic to the complete Lytro proposition.
The residing photo structure is completed endlessly unless of course the enterprise releases some way to self-host them, but it appears not likely. Any remaining buyers will have to export to common stills or movie documents in the desktop app.
I’m pleased to see Lytro evolving and applying its pretty awesome tech to a new market place, but the bumpy highway it has traveled is littered with lessons for young components startups.