APPLE´S NEW PATENT THAT STOP FANS FILMING GIGS AND CONCERTS
We’ve all been there. The gig of a lifetime and you’re in the thick of it ready for an awesome night and all you can see is a wall of hands smart phones trying to capture the moment.
Apple have the answer and have patented it.
The patent, headed “Systems and methods for receiving infrared data with a camera designed to detect images based on visible light”, outlines how infrared light could be used to prevent filming: “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.”
What makes this relevant to music is that one of Apple’s “perspective view[s] of an illustrative system for communicating infrared data in accordance with one embodiment of the invention” depicts a band on a stage, and an iPhone screen with the words “recording disabled”, suggesting that this – along with preventing filming in cinemas – is one of Apple’s suggested usages for the technology.
In other words, you’re at a gig, infrared emitters are on the stage and every time a frigging iPhone appears and points at the stage it’s recording function gets disabled. This seems to be what Apple are suggesting as a possible usage of the technology. There’s an illustration that accompanies the patent showing exactly that.
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