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Rachel Metz of the MIT Technology Review dropped by the office last week, and penned a piece about our camera technology. She wrote:

Light is taking advantage of radical declines in the cost, weight, and size of optics that have happened as smartphones took over the cell phone market and, for many people, became their go-to camera. Unlike costly camera lenses that are made of glass, most smartphone camera lenses are made of plastic that’s stamped from molds. It is a much cheaper process, but the quality of images may not be as good. And you rarely see optical zoom squished onto a smartphone camera. Instead such devices use digital zoom—narrowing their field of focus without increasing the resolution.

I got an inkling of what Light is up to in its Palo Alto, California, office, where an open-face metal box roughly the size of a rearview mirror sat on a conference table. It contained an array of 16 camera modules with focal lengths of 35, 70, and 150 millimeters, and tiny cables sticking up in the air like tadpole tails. The modules are operational, I was told, and were meant to show the kind of array the startup envisions being used in self-driving cars or home security cameras.

David Brady, of Duke, said:

“There’s no question what they’re doing is the future of cameras.”

Check out the rest of the piece here!