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Lytro Light Field Camera teardown finds Bluetooth & Wi-Fi chip hidden inside

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Lytro's light field camera has undergone FCC testing, including the requisite tear-down process which has revealed a surprise inclusion.

Lytro FCC
Lytro FCC

The Lytro Light Field Camera has made its way through the FCC testing process, and during its disassembly revealed a surprise along the way — the camera has a Marvell Avastar 88 W8787 SoC capable of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity inside. We'd not heard anything about wireless options from Lytro before now, but the chip's inclusion opens up a number of possibilities, including wireless transfer of photos or remote control of the camera from your smartphone or PC. It's possible that Lytro only plans to enable Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, but we can't tell since they're both on the same SoC — a common way to deploy wireless on mobile devices. However, its inclusion at least gives Lytro the option of using the networking in future.

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Besides the wireless radios, the FCC's teardown process gives us a chance to see that 11-megaray sensor close-up, which takes up around a quarter of the camera's tiny profile, along with the fairly chunky 2100mAh battery and a Zoran processor.