Apple’s new software patent is a big relief to musicians and artists who are vexed from the biggest concert spoiler—–half of the crowd are busy watching the live event on their screens and rest swaying themselves behind those screens to grab a single look of the artist.
In the recent years, high-profile musicians like Prince, Bjork, Adele, Zooey Deschanel and Alicia Keys have personally banned cameras and cell phones at their concerts. Many theater artists walked away in the middle of the show expressing their frustration for the growing use of cell phones at their live performances. Audience communicates their instant excitement of watching a live performance on the social media; mortifies the dignity of their favourite star.
Apple filed US patent in 2011 for technology which uses infra-red signals to disable cell phone camera, to prevent recording and taking photographs at the live performances. On 28 June 2016 USPTO granted Apple patent for this technology. Apple hasn’t officially announced yet to bring in service this technology in iPhones.
US patent US 9,380,225 B2 shows Apple may use this software in iPhones to disable cameras using infrared beam sensors (typically used at concerts or theatres) to prevent illicit videos of a touring band.
The patent reads “An infrared emitter can be located in areas where the picture or video capture is prohibited.” “The emitter can generate infra-red signals to disable the recording functions, then the electronics device receives the signals, decode the data and temporarily disable the recording feature on the device.” The patent describes that the show venue must install infra-red transmitter that would help in deactivating electronics devices during the live performance. As soon as the viewer tries to record or click at the concert iPhone will display the message “recording disabled”.
It is something unenthusiastic for all those media geeks, yet this patent surprises in useful technological uses at the museum or the local civil mistreatment. The software could be used to get the automatic information about the object you are focusing on to capture. An infrared emitter sited near any object in a museum, as you focus your cell phone camera on that object it receives infra-red signals from the emitter to give you useful information about the object.
The hassle created by the audiences with their iPhones could soon be a history. This technology cleverly prevents concert goers from documenting live events and might also influence lawmakers to use this technology to prevent bystander videos from going on social media. Apple files scores of patents every year, but it is not set that it will be the new essential feature in the coming iPhones. Nevertheless, music lovers like me desperately await such a feature to come out soon on iPhones.
*This blog is authored by Ms. Miti Mishra*