Lytro 'Living Pictures' Can No Longer Be Viewed Online

Lytro shuts down its multi-focus

As part of its move away from consumer gear towards professional cinema hardware, Lytro has killed off the site that once hosted its "living pictures," still photos taken with its cameras that could be refocused after the fact. With the closure of the service, it's now impossible for owners of Lytro cameras to share such interactive images online - the Lytro desktop application is now the only remaining way to refocus shots.

No other camera companies ever adopted light field-type tech, but it is being pursued by companies like Avegant, and Lytro itself, for virtual and augmented reality. All the living pictures we posted on our Illum mini-review, for instance, have now disappeared, leaving a black box, as shown below. "As a part of our plan to further focus on these new efforts, the ability to publish from Lytro Desktop and Lytro Mobile to pictures.lytro.com will be discontinued".

Lytro's once futuristic "living pictures", which photographers and viewers alike were able to refocus to their heart's content after they were taken, are now nearly totally dead.

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As the export process still works, those with Light Field cameras from Lytro can make a movie of their living picture and export it with the.mov extension or they can capture a focus point and share the results as a JPEG or GIF. Of course, it's unlikely there were many active users of the service now; Lytro left the consumer camera market two years ago when there proved to be little demand for its technically unbelievable but ultimately gimmicky cameras.

Unfortunately, the company's consumer cameras were never very good.

Remember Lytro's cool, but kinda gimmicky "light-field" photography?

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