Light-field camera company Lytro, which previously created The First Generation Lytro Camera and the Lytro Illum has now announced a new virtual reality (VR) camera. Lytro Immerge is the world’s first professional Light Field powered solution to provide lifelike presence in VR with Six Degrees of Freedom (6DoF).
The Immerge captures Light Field Volume that’s all the data from all directions at any location within a given volume, allowing virtual views to be generated from any point, facing any direction, with any field of view (FoV).
“VR is the next wave in cinematic content, and immersive storytellers have been seeking technology that allows them to fully realize their creative vision,” said Jason Rosenthal, CEO of Lytro. “We believe the power of Light Field will help VR creators deliver on the promise of this new medium. Lytro Immerge is an end to end Light Field solution that will provide all the hardware, software and services required to capture, process, edit and playback professional grade cinematic content.”
The system is comprised of four main components: Camera: a configurable dense Light Field camera array, Server: For storage and processing, Light Field Editor: integrates with existing visual effects tools like Nuke, and Player: Light Field video playback engine for leading VR headsets and platforms.
The company plans to release prototypes in 2016, with further specification details. No prices have yet been announced but as the camera is aimed at the professional market its not likely to be cheap.
VRFocus will continue to bring you the latest details on Lytro’s Immerge VR camera as they’re announced.