Lytro pushed the boundaries of still photography with its impressive Light Field camera, but it is now shifting into the world of VR with the world's first professional Light Field solution for cinematic VR with 'Immerge'.
Immerge is a large sphere that has multiple layers mounted on top of a tripod, and inside is a camera - with the entire device powered by a large server on wheels that is capable of both the storage and processing required to capture, and manage data. Software wise, Lytro is providing a Light Field editor that will integrate existing visual effects tools, and the Light Field video playback engine.
Lytro's Light Field video playback engine is capable of working with the likes of the Oculus Rift, Sony's PlayStation VR, HTC Vive and even the HoloLens from Microsoft. The company said that Immerge was built specifically to provide a lifelike presence in VR with "six degrees of freedom". Immerge doesn't just capture images and stitch them together for a VR experience, instead it rebuilds a version of that scene that reacts to the user.
The company is currently accepting applications for prototype access.
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