Plenopticon is a system for video playback with dynamically adaptive depth of field, a technique allowing viewer control of the on-screen area of focus via a secondary input device such as a touchscreen or eyetracking device.
Plenoptic cameras such as Lytro (http://www.lytro.com) allow still photographs to be re-focused once an image has been taken. This system is intended to showcase the potential of plenoptic video and provide insights into how storytelling techniques and novel interactive narrative experiences might be configured using this emerging technology.
To explore the potential of this system, we present ‘The Garden’, a re-imagining of the story of Adam and Eve, inspired by the 16th Century tableau below.
Simultaneous narratives, each taking place within the same image, at different ‘depths’, will be presented to the viewer as a linear, interactive story.