Lytro's Video Surveillance Potential Examined

Author: John Honovich, Published on Jun 22, 2011

In 2011, a 3+ year old company gained an amazing amount of press. The company, originally called Refocus Imaging, now rebranded as Lytro announced a $50 Million found raise from one of the hottest investors in Silicon Valley - Andressen Horowitz (who wrote a gushing post about the technology). In this note, we examine the company and technology's potential for video surveillance applications. We explain why we think it is has little chance of short term impact or improvement for surveillance.

Let's start with examining the basic claims by Lytro:

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