Camera technology has been advancing day by day and while it has some amazing benefits, there are some negatives too. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) may now solve some of the cons as it achieves a new technical patent today. 9to5Mac reports that a new patent by US Patent and Trademark Office has been granted that would stop people from using their cameras under certain situations.
Artists such as singers and comedians have complained multiple times for audiences capturing their photos and recording their videos. In a live performance, the portion for “live” is actually less as people are busy making videos and capturing photos. The artists are uncomfortable with audiences recording everything they do as it invades their privacy. Moreover, the recording results in loss of official sales. This is because artists earn by selling recordings of their performances but with audiences making videos and making them viral, the sales are impacted.
Apple has finally found a way to stop those practices. The basic idea is to come up with a technology that would send infrared signals to the camera that would than stop its usage. The signal would be programmed such that as long as it is on, people will not be able to record anything. Apple’s patent says: “In some embodiments, a transmitter can be located in areas where capturing pictures and videos is prohibited (e.g., a concert or a classified facility) and the transmitters can generate infrared signals with encoded data that includes commands temporarily disabling recording functions.”
The new device coming up after the patent can be put up in different events such as concerts and stage shows where people are prohibited to use cameras. The technology can also be used in other sensitive locations such as at a crime location or in a bank, which has security systems and in order to keep them secret, people are not allowed to use cameras within the premises. Hence, Apple technology can help implement those rules.
While all of these reflect the negative side for the customers, the new technology can also be used for some positives. The patent filing reveals that the new technology may also transit relevant information through infrared signals about any object. For instance, if you view or take a picture of something in a museum, the system will automatically display information about that object.
Though the new technology can benefit both, the smartphone users as well as the artists and government, it must be noted that it may not come in much use. This is because the patent was filed in 2011, at a time when infrared signals were quite popular. Later, we had Bluetooth and now near field communication (NFC) technology. Hence, things like iBeacons can now perform the same tasks more efficiently and so infrared technology may become redundant.
Apple has a long history of filing patents for almost everything but very few are actually commercialized. Hence, this time also there is a 50/50 percent chance that the new patented technology will actually come in use. However, what we know is that the concept of stopping camera use is actually possible and Apple or any other company may just go forward with the advanced technology to achieve the same objective. Hence, artists, customers, and government just need to be patient as the new technology comes in their hands.