Truly revolutionary… its not often a technology comes along that completely changes how we do something.
The team at Lytro is completing the job of a century’s worth of theory and exploration about light fields. Lytro’s engineers and scientists have taken light fields out of the lab – miniaturizing a roomful of cameras tethered to a supercomputer and making it fit in your pocket
As the demo pictures show (you’ll need to click through to the site for this to work), you can literally shoot first, focus later. For an overview, see Wikipedia’s entry on Plenoptic cameras.
Hat tip MIT’s Technology Review.