Patently Apple has uncovered a new patent Apple was granted today which would allow the company to stop you from taking photos and recording video at concerts or even sensitive locations. This feature would be executed via infrared signals picked up by a device’s camera system, therefore disabling the ability to capture any media. Patently Apple describes how this feature would come into play in a little more detail below.
For example, an infrared emitter can be located in areas where picture or video capture is prohibited, and the emitter can generate infrared signals with encoded data that includes commands to disable the recording functions of devices. An electronic device can then receive the infrared signals, decode the data and temporarily disable the device’s recording function based on the command.
Even locations such as movie theaters could take advantage of this technology as it’s a) prohibited and b) not polite to record videos while watching a film.
Not only can sensitive locations and places like concerts take advantage of this technology, but informational spots such as museums could be able to educate the public a bit better and more in-depth. Say you point your phone’s camera at an old artifact. Additional information and history behind the object could be presented on your screen which can’t be seen via plaques placed near said object.
An infrared emitter can be located near an object and generate infrared signals with encoded data that includes information about that object. An electronic device can then receive the infrared signals, decode the data and display the information about the object to the user.
There’s a lot you can do with infrared signals and the kind of technology Apple’s developing. I can already tell people will be excited about the whole “no pics at a concert” thing alongside “no vids at the movies”. And I’m sure the public will appreciate the use of their smartphone to aid them in the learning of different artifacts at museums. All in all, I’m pretty pumped up about this. Let’s just hope Apple brings it to pass…