If you don't remember Lytro cameras and have no idea what their “living pictures” are, don't sweat it. As cool as the idea was, the technology itself was either not ready or was so poorly received that the hardware was doomed to fail. The concept, being able to refocus an image after it's been taken, is a great idea. Who wouldn't want to be able to literally fix the focus itself in post-production? Alas, we're not quite there yet.
As reported by Sean O'Kane, via his article on The Verge, Lytro has pulled support for their online images by shutting down pictures.lytro.com. The site itself indicates that Lytro has discontinued the website and lists features that will no longer be accessible effective November 30th, 2017. It kind of looks like the future of Lytro images online is dead and buried. The official page goes on to say that while local desktop features are still accessible, “The only parts of Lytro Desktop that will no longer function will be anything specific to online sharing.”
How many people remember seeing Lytro cameras in stores? If you own one, shot with one, or saw them in store leave a comment down below with your impressions. I remember the only time that I saw a Lytro model in a camera store, the employees were unable to explain how it worked (I had no idea either) and generally approached the technology with skepticism. Sounds to me like the technology concept was great but it just wasn't ready to succeed.