Street Smart: Camera Blocking Tech at Concerts

Tech to protect IPR and block smartphone functionality. Smartphones are getting smarter but now tech firms are developing technology to reduce their smartness. Are smartphones getting too smart for their own good?

Times of India reports that filming videos and clicking photographs at live concerts may soon be a thing of the past, as Apple is working on a technology that could disable photo and video functionality at events. The company won approval from the US Patent and Trademark Office on Wednesday for a patent it applied for in 2009 relating to its cameras and their interaction with infrared signals, reports the Independent UK website. According to online music magazine Pitchfork, in some cases, the device could use the infrared data to show a user information related to a nearby object, such as an exhibit in a museum.

In other cases, the device could use the infrared data to disable the device's recording functions. As an example, the patent includes an illustration of a band performing onstage as a camera screen shows the text "recording disabled". "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," says the patent.

While the technology might be aimed at preventing copyright infringement, it could come with the added bonus of improving the concert-going experience. Artists like Adele, Jack White and Zooey Deschanel have publicly expressed displeasure about the throng of phones at concerts.

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