Lytro Teardown Reveals Its Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Capabilities

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The focus-free Lytro camera is so good that Steve Jobs reportedly wanted to roll the technology into the iPhone. Though it's not quite ready for sale yet, a teardown has revealed that the camera is capable of communicating via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

The long, boxy camera has plenty of room for guts, so its nice to find out that it's home to some impressive technology. The pictures from the teardown show us some stuff we already know about, like the fictional-sounding 11 Megaray image sensor and its tiny 1.5-inch LCD screen.

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But elsewhere, there's a Marvell Avastar chip, which offers Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, meaning that the Lytro should be able to offer wireless transfer of images. The camera also has a Zoran processor — though we're not quite sure what that's for — and some on-board flash storage.

The Wi-Fi and Bluetooth make what was an already-exciting product even more tempting: the ability to change depth of focus and wirelessly transmit your snaps after they're taken is surely too good to pass up. The Lytro is only available for pre-order at the moment, but I for one am struggling to resist. [Wireless Goodness via Ubergizmo; Image: Wireless Goodness ]

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Although I'm not sure how this would fit into my life, considering all of my other cameras and gadgets, I really want one, if only to play with it for a little while.

I'm curious though. I'd imagine the file created would contain a lot more information than a standard photo (probably something to the equivalent of a RAW). How big is a single image file and what resolution will you end up with, once the light-field information has been tweaked and saved to a jpg. Does 11MR convert to 11MP?