Innovator Rajiv Laroia, co-founder and chief technology officer of Light, a three-year-old, 75-employee startup in Palo Alto.
Form and function
The Light L16 aggregates images from multiple phone-camera-size sensors to create pictures with a resolution as high as 52 megapixels, a little higher than the best digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera on the market.
The L16 is about the size of a smartphone, but thicker. A photographer points the face, with its 16 sensors, at a subject, then uses the touchscreen to zoom in or out.
Laroia, an electrical engineer and amateur photographer, conceived of the camera in 2012 while serving as entrepreneur-in-residence at venture capital firm Charles River Ventures.