“In his final months, as the upcoming book Inside Apple by Adam Lashinsky explained, [Apple CEO Steve] Jobs made an effort to meet with Ren Ng, a Stanford graduate and the CEO of a photography company Lytro,” Mark Gurman reports for 9to5 Mac. “After it became known to Ng that Jobs wanted to meet, Ng rushed to Jobs’ Palo Alto home to discuss product design and photography. According to Inside Apple:”
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.
Gurman reports, “Instead of working in a single-pane fashion —like most cameras today— Lytro’s technology is actually able to intake an entire light-field at one time… [Lytro’s cameras can] take photos without focusing on a particular object. The images that the Lytro camera takes can be focused after the fact.”
Read more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Last year, we were excited when we first heard of Lytro’s cameras, too. However, after zooming into Lytro’s sample images, we were less excited by the rather obvious artifacts. From what we can see, the tech has a way to go.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Lynn Weiler” for the heads up.]