Published Date : Jun 29, 2016
It has long been termed as a nuisance when audience in live shows and concerts record videos on their phones to share on social media. Now, technology giant Apple Inc. has patented a technology that would address this nuisance. The new technology will let organizers of live shows and concerts to throw a beam of infrared light to disable the camera on iPhones, thereby stopping people from taking videos and photos. There has been a growing frustration among such show organizers with people recording live events. Even actors and musicians performing live have been affected by this. Pop singer Adele had recently told a female fan to stop filming her at a concert held in Italy. Hamlet’s actor Benedict Cumberbatch too had to plead with his fans to stop filming him during his performance.
The patent acquired by Apple Inc. can make an iPhone temporary disabled just with the help of an infrared transmitter. When the infrared transmitter installed at shows is switched on, a “recording disabled” message would come up when the user tries to take videos or click photos. Else, a blur or watermark effect might be applied to restrict people from sharing the photos and videos on social media.
Patented Technology Might Prove Harmful If Used by Oppressive Governments
Apple has not mentioned it clearly that whether the technology would be applied to the latest iPhones. It has been observed that companies usually patent inventions without using them. However, if implemented, the move would be welcomed by artists and organizers alike. To stop people from using their phones during live performances, many show organizers have resorted to shining lasers on visitors when they use their cell phones for clicking photos and making recordings. This tactic is already used across movie theatres in China. However, the technology is also feared to be used by oppressive governments to restrict their citizens from documenting oppression.