Light field camera maker Lytro has raised a $60 million Series D round of funding, and the company is also getting closer to actually show consumers what its technology can do. Lytro announced on Wednesday that its Immerge VR camera was recently used by Chris Milk’sWithin to shoot a first project, which is currently in post-production.
Lytro sets itself apart from other VR camera makers by relying on light field capture, which in layman’s terms means that it records all of the rays of light within a certain space as they bounce around in all directions. Lytro first announced its Immerge light field camera for virtual reality filmmakers at the end of 2015, and demonstrated some first footage shot by the camera to industry insiders last August.
During that time Lytro actually completely redesigned its camera, which was initially thought to be a spherical array of lenses. Now Immerge is using a planar array of lenses that is being rotated to film the entire 360-degree environment. Lytro’s servers then get busy to reconstruct the full light field volume for a 3D volumetric virtual reality experience.
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