Adobe Light-Field Lens Video - Blade Runner Cluster

The Adobe Light-Field Lens is a lens cluster, a kind of superlens that gathers enough information when taking a picture to change the focal length of the image in post-production.


(Adobe Light-Field superlens)

The Adobe Light-Field Lens is comprised of 19 different lenses cluster together; the device actually lets the user take 19 5.2 megapixel pictures at once. These images are then layered into the file, creating a three-dimensional scene with 19 different focused levels.

Using Adobe's software, different areas of the resulting picture can be brought out using a "focus brush." Details that were fuzzy can be brought into perfect focus.


(Adobe Light-Field Lens video)

Science fiction fans are already familiar with the basic idea. In his 1982 film Blade Runner, director Ridley Scott provides a look at a device that will allow Detective Deckard to pick different areas of a photograph and zoom in almost indefinitely, bringing details into perfect focus.


(Blade Runner Esper photo analysis device)

See a more detailed picture of the Blade Runner Esper photo analysis machine. Also, take a look at the Stanford light-field camera. Story via Core77.

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