Apple Patent: New Technique Can Disable Iphone Cameras At Major Events

Many concert-goers seem to attach more importance to turn a spectacular video than to listen to the actual concert with the Smartphone. These recordings but not only often lie in a legal grey area, but interfere with some other visitors.

These are likely to look with interest on a patent, which already announced Apple in 2011 and was now granted. These are special infrared heat that can be attached, for example, at a concert on the stage. According to ezhoushan, a corresponding sensor is integrated into the camera lens of the iPhone , which detects the infrared rays and thus blocked the camera and informed the Smartphone users.

The Iphone Could Become The Digital Museum Guide

Besides the technology but also on other occasions could be used – in cinemas, in order to prevent the illegal recording of the canvas. But also museums could banning actually so anyway often applicable photography – at least for users of iPhones or iPads. The technique still in other ways can be used in museums. Because theoretically not only the camera can be blocked with the help of infrared rays, but also other information may be transmitted. So, a corresponding inconspicuous Spotlight next to a piece of the exhibition could automatically retrieve local information of an app – iPhone would then be something like a digital museum guide.

Authorities Might Misuse The Technology

It is unclear whether Apple will however ever actually bring the patented technology used. Because the technology has of course also the potential undesirable way to be used. So, the technology could be used, for example, by dictatorships, to prevent unwanted recordings of police operations.Ultimately, it could therefore happen that the infrared technology is used not for the purpose for which it was originally designed. Rather could the technique-similar as with the aforementioned application example in museums-especially to the delivery information used-and complement such announcements at train stations or airports. To what extent then but also third-party Smartphone owners could benefit from it, remains to be seen.