Hey all, thanks for visiting. We’re a bit unprepared for all the traffic and attention. Sorry if things are a mess or not explained clearly enough!
Here’s the executive summary: There’s a new field of research happening right now. It’s called “Computational Photography”. A bunch of labs and a few independents are working to build cameras of the future. These cameras allow the Depth of Field, the object in focus, and the position of the camera to be modified after the picture is taken. None of those things are possible with a traditional camera. What we’re showing here is just one such camera. It is not the only kind of computational camera, and we don’t actually expect that people will haul around 4 foot arrays ten years from now.
The goal here is to make an affordable, accessible camera system to better understand computational photography and to experiment with these techniques. We bought the cameras from eBay, broken, and repaired them. Cost per camera was about $30. We also show a way to play with these techniques using just one camera.
Don’t count on that Instructable staying up, though, Instructables has been a bit un-accepting of what we’ve been posting there for whatever reason.
We’re aware that the GIFs look really bad. Here are some links to higher-resolution images if you don’t want to install our software and play with the included images (or your own!). Although the images show artifacts, remember, the real power is that this “focusing” was done after the picture was taken and that the virtual aperture is several feet wide.