Magnified surface of a piece of reflectance paper (Photo: University of California-Santa Cruz)
Cross-section of a piece of reflectance paper (Image: University of California-Santa Cruz)
Images of a statue from one piece of reflectance paper as seen with incident light from either side (Photo: University of California-Santa Cruz)
Top shows the semi-transparent mask covering the mirrored spherical dimples, left shows the mirrored dimples, and right shows the mask itself (Photo: University of California-Santa Cruz)
Recently the public has become aware of the potential of light field photography through the introduction of the Lytro camera. Light field recording allows an enormous degree of post-processing, letting you create just the image you want to print and display. A print, however, expresses only one aspect, no matter how carefully chosen, of the recorded light field. Can light field information be somehow encoded into a print, so an object can be examined from this side and that, or with different lighting conditions? A team of researchers at the University of California at Santa Cruz, Hewlett-Packard Laboratories, and 3M have made the first steps toward a positive answer by developing reflectance paper.
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