Steve Jobs Took A Meeting With Lytro CEO Ren Ng Last Summer

In Walter Isaacson’s biography on Steve Jobs, it was revealed that the late Apple co-founder wanted to reinvent television, textbooks, and photography. Apple recently released a new textbooks feature for the iPad and we know that the company is currently building a television set. 9to5Mac has revealed that Steve Jobs took a meeting with Lytro CEO Ren Ng to discuss the possibilities of Apple working with them to develop new camera technologies.

Once Ng found out that Steve Jobs wanted to meet him, he rushed to his Palo Alto home to discuss product design and photography. Here is an excerpt from Adam Lashinky’s book “Inside Apple”:

“The company’s CEO, Ren Ng, a brilliant computer scientist with a PhD from Stanford, immediately called Jobs, who picked up the phone and quickly said, ‘if you’re free this afternoon maybe we would could get together.’ Ng, who is thirty-two, hurried to Palo Alto, showed Jobs a demo of Lytro’s technology, discussed cameras and product design with him, and, at Jobs’s request, agreed to send him an email outlining three things he’d like Lytro to do with Apple.”

Jobs asked Ng to outline three points that Lytro would want to do with Apple. Lytro’s technology is able to intake an entire light field at one time. The sensors developed at Lytro can take in ”all the light traveling in every direction in every point in space.” This technology would do very well in a mobile device. Lytro’s camera system also has the ability to take photos without focusing on a specific object as shown in the photos above.

Steve Jobs met with Ng this past summer, but we do not know whether Apple and Lytro struck a deal or not. To learn more about Lytro, check out the video below:

This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at
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