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Lytro's 'living pictures' cease to live

Lytro's 'living pictures' cease to live
From TechCrunch - December 6, 2017

As part of its move away from consumer gear towardprofessional 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. This will turn a handful of those pictures, where they had been embedded on the web over the past few years, into empty frames. If you want to see light field images now, youll need to see them in the desktop app.

In 2012, when I reviewed the original Lytro camera, I wrote:

The Lytro software is limited to browsing your photos and grouping them into stories, and you can upload them directly to (and only to) Lytro, which will serve them for eternity, you hope. Not much of a choice there.

As I half expected would be the case at the time, eternity turned out to be on the short sideuntil it became inconvenient for the company to host it. Of course, its 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 amazing but ultimately gimmicky cameras.

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