The Wall Street Journal reports on Lytro
, a California start-up that plans to build and sell light field cameras, which take pictures that can be focused essentially anywhere in the image after capture. Light field technology also allows 3D images to be taken without dual lenses and offers several other new capabilities as well, according to Lytro.
The Wall Street Journal article includes several Adobe Flash-based demo images that demonstrate how the post-capture focusing will work.
Lytro has chosen to become a camera manufacturer rather than license its technology to existing camera companies. Its first model, which Lytro says will ship by the end of this year, is slated to be a "competitively priced consumer product that fits in your pocket", says Lytro's founder.