Apple patents Lytro style technology; will it be used in the next iPhone?
posted by Alan F. / Nov 26, 2013, 12:40 PM
Apple's late co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs was reported to be keenly interested in the technology and invited the inventor of the Lytro to visit his home for a private demonstration before the technology went public. Lytro does have an app in the Apple App Store and Nokia recently introduced a feature called Refocus for its PureView camera equipped phones. The patent was filed by Apple in 2011.
Lytro is listed as prior art in Apple's patent application, but the tech titan says improvements can be made in both picture quality and resolution. Apple's technology differs from Lytro's as it employs two separate modes. One is a high-resolution non-refocusable mode and the other is a low-resolution refocusable mode. The patent also covers an add-on version for any existing camera. Apple might consider using the technology for the video capture feature on a future iPhone model.
source: USPTO via AppleInsider
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Nokia Lumia already has an app for that. It's called Refocus.
posted on Nov 26, 2013, 12:43 PM 5
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"The patent was filed by Apple in 2011." That's why it's better to read the article before jumping to the comments section.
posted on Nov 26, 2013, 12:50 PM 11
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Where in this article does it say hardware buddy? It's impossible for hardware to do that. Try refocusing with a 35mm film camera after you've taken the image. What it is doing is essentially capturing a video or a burst of photos until you hit the capture button. It shows the image taken at the point you hit capture. From there you can roll back to a certain point before that was also digitally captured that was in focus. BlackBerry already had this in there Z10 and Q10. It's called Time Shift. It's nothing new. This is just Apple being Apple. To my point though, it's part of software, aka an app. It's not hardware.
posted on Nov 27, 2013, 5:51 AM 1
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Yeah, but Nokia has already started working on this with Pelican Imaging's 16 array lens.. Give credit where credit is due, and stop being so quick to be negative when you see something WP related. It's so obvious what you're doing..And it's pathetic.http://www.engadget.com/2013/0
posted on Nov 27, 2013, 12:16 AM 0
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Then how come apple got patent if other company developed it too?
posted on Nov 26, 2013, 1:27 PM 0
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Ah... just in time for a patent fight between Nokia and Apple. I wonder how long before the lawsuits get filed?
posted on Nov 26, 2013, 1:28 PM 2
Great com on enough with all these PATENT B.S. Apple is a patent whore.
posted on Nov 26, 2013, 12:50 PM 6
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But its not their fault, they will apply for patent for each n everything... its US government who is at fault by keep granting them patent of whatever BS... one day they will take the patent of breathing and no one will be allowed to breath without apple's permission
posted on Nov 26, 2013, 1:33 PM 5
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Here I am arguing with you. What do you think of this iPhone "Purple --2005"? LG Prada??? LOL... http://assets.sbnation.com/ass
http://www.theverge.com/2012/7 y_Jony_phone_evidence.pdf /30/3201162/apple-refutes-claim-they-cribbed-notes-from-sony-reveal-prototype
posted on Nov 26, 2013, 4:01 PM 1
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If we apply Apple patent logic to Apple itself. Apple has no right to be in the cell phone industries at all. Apple claim they should solely be the one to benefit from their innovation in smartphone but they forget 2G/3G smart phones was around longer than their iPhone such as Nokia N95. Apple also continue to manufacturer phones without paying royalties to the 3G patents owners. This happen because they think they could bully their way thru with the backing of US government. Apple fans are blindly devoted. And at iPhone Arena they have find a good place to piss at every Android news especially the ones from Samsung.
posted on Nov 26, 2013, 5:56 PM 5
You're not really making any sense there. The N95 is older so. . . Apple shouldn't be able to make a cell phone? Apple DOES pay royalties to 3G patent owners (that's a big part of what the whole Nokia v Apple suit was about). 3G patents are standard, meaning anyone can get into the game for a fair price, including Apple. You really think they'd be making phones for 6 years now and make the most money in the industry and somehow get away with not paying?
posted on Nov 26, 2013, 9:32 PM 0
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All phone designs were heading for larger screens and fewer buttons. They all managed to release a touch screen phones around the same time... so the Apple concept design "purple" was either leaked (highly unlikely knowing what they are like), or they were all heading in the same direction, but I bet Sammy and LG got their product from concept to reality in less time.
posted on Nov 27, 2013, 6:30 AM 1
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