Lytro annonce sa fermeture (et non son rachat par Google)

Lytro

Il y a quelques jours, TechCrunch annonçait le supposé rachat de Lytro par Google. Selon plusieurs sources, le géant du web aurait dépensé entre 25 et 40 millions de dollars pour acquérir le spécialiste des technologies light field.

Il semble finalement que les choses soient plus complexes qu’un simple rachat : Lytro vient d’annoncer sa fermeture, et n’évoque absolument pas Google dans son communiqué.
Selon The Verge, le rachat supposé correspondrait surtout à une embauche groupée : une part importante des anciens employés de Lytro rejoindraient donc Google. En revanche, l’équipe serait semble-t-il répartie dans différentes divisions du groupe. Si cette nouvelle se confirme, elle irait dans le sens d’un rachat de talents et technologies mais sans volonté de Google de poursuivre les projets de Lytro.

En l’état, il semble donc que la percée de Lytro dans le domaine des caméras light field, que ce soit auprès du grand public ou dans des secteurs comme le cinéma, soit au point mort.

Voici pour finir le communiqué complet de Lytro :

At Lytro, we believe that Light Field will continue to shape the course of Virtual and Augmented Reality, and we’re incredibly proud of the role we’ve been able to play in pushing the boundaries of what’s possible. We’ve uncovered challenges we never dreamed of and made breakthroughs at a seemingly impossible pace. We’ve had some spectacular successes, and built entire systems that no one thought possible. More importantly, we built a team that was singularly unified in its focus and unrivaled in its dedication. It has been an honor and a pleasure to contribute to the cinema and Virtual Reality communities, but starting today we will not be taking on new productions or providing professional services as we prepare to wind down the company. We’re excited to see what new opportunities the future brings for the Lytro team as we go our separate ways. We would like to thank the various communities that have supported us and hope that our paths will cross in the future.

Lytro was founded in 2006 by Executive Chairman Ren Ng, whose Ph.D. research on Light Field imaging won Stanford University’s prize for best thesis in computer science. In late 2015, Lytro announced the world’s first Light Field solution for Virtual Reality (VR), Lytro Immerge, that was quickly followed by the 2016 launch of Lytro Cinema, the world’s first Light Field capture system for cinematic content. With these products, Lytro pioneered the generational shift from legacy 2D imaging to 3D volumetric video.

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