SHOWWX Experiments: Infinite Focus
August 21st, 2009
by Nicolas Andron
Infinite focus, as impossible and unbelievable as the concept may seem, has yet to lose its novelty with me.
Let me rewind: a few days ago, I was working with a colleague using the Pico Projector for some impromptu photographs. After we finished taking pictures, I was playing around with the projector (it seriously never gets old) and I projected the splash screen on the ceiling (on A/C ventilation pipes, etc). Infinite focus is amazing. It really is.
Here are some pics I took with my iPhone (click to enlarge):
Later on, I was still thinking about the experience and it slowly dawned on me what it means for our technology. We know that Infinite focus is critical for impromptu sharing of pictures, videos and presentations (I mean who wants to fiddle with focus, anyway?).
But it’s also critical for applications that benefit from (or require!) projection on multiple planes.
Imagine, if you will, a young fledgling artist desperate to get eyes on his newest work. He’s got no money for a fancy gallery or the resources to put together a viewing. He needs to get creative (which luckily for him is down his alley). He takes digital stills of all his paintings, stitches them together with Photoshop, and imports the images to his iPod. During an evening opening of an art gallery, he sits on the steps of the entrance way and projects his painting on the front side of each step. 5 paintings, 5 steps, all in focus. Style points galore and plenty of eyes on your art.
These is just one application of many that would require Infinite Focus to succeed. Feel free to share your own applications of infinite focus!
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