It is reported that Google acquires "Lytro" that can focus on Google after taking a picture
Since March 2018, Google has released an application for displaying pictures in VRWelcome to Light Fields"For photographing photos to be displayed in Welcome to Light Fieldslatest technologyAnnounced. It seems like Google is trying to acquire the camera startup "Lytro", Google is trying to acquire the camera startup "Lytro", as Google said Welcome to Light Fields and its related technology, Google intends to incorporate technology developed by other companies, and TechCrunch reports It is.
Sources: Google is buying Lytro for about $ 40M | TechCrunch
Startup Lytro has released a camera that can adjust focus and exposure after taking a picture by saving depth information when taking a picture. In the past GIGAZINE has also reviewed Lytro made cameras, and you can understand what kind of camera you have released companies by reading the following article.
I shoot a lot with the camera "Lytro" which can focus after taking a picture - GIGAZINE
LYTRO ILLUM "has been evolving more than the former" Lytro "with freedom from focusing and exposure adjustment afterwards - GIGAZINE
In the information TechCrunch got, Lytro seems to position this purchase play as "asset sale", which means the acquisition will be no more than $ 40 million (about 4.2 billion yen). In addition, it seems that there are also sources of information that the purchase price is even lower and it seems that it will be about 25 million dollars (about 2.7 billion yen). In addition, there is information that some of the employees have already retired from Lytro. In addition, Lytro owns the acquisitionLight fieldAnd digital imaging technology59 patentsIt is thought that it contains.
In particular, Google seems to want a light field related patent. Lytro can shoot pictures that can focus on any place by using light field technology. This can be said to be a very useful technique for VRs, where the resolution of the screen leads to immersion and sickness.
Actually, Lytro is a camera for VR video production "Lytro Immerge"Has been announced. A music video "Hallelujah" shot using this Lytro Immerge ... ...
HALLELUJAH VR Trailer - YouTube
A movie containing the making is also released.
The Making of Hallelujah with Lytro Immerge on Vimeo
About this purchase play, TechCrunch points out that "Lytro and its supporters will be far from victory."PitchBook dataAccording to Lytro, Lytro raises funds of more than 200 million dollars (about 21 billion yen), and in 2017 the corporate value is estimated at about 360 million dollars (about 38 billion yen). Also,List of investors who have invested in LytroThere are companies such as Andreessen Horowitz, Foxconn, GSV, Greylock, NEA, Qualcomm Ventures and others in Google's hardware divisionSenior Vice PresidentThere is also the name of Mr. Rick O'Sterreu who will serve.
In addition, TechCrunch seems to have asked Lytro and Google about the acquisition, but there seems to be no reply at the time of writing the article.