Recording live shows with your own mobile device- Yes, YOUR PERSONAL mobile device- can soon become a thing of the past! A new patent granted to Apple details a new method of shutting down such behavior without the owner’s consent, raising new concerns about the possibility of the technology being used for censorship.
The patent, which Apple acquired Wednesday, describes an iPhone camera design capable of receiving infrared signals in order to prevent the illegal recording of events such as concerts- Ok, let’s just say this gets approved and installed in our iPhones, what would be next? illegal devices carried by cops- Ok, some cops– to avoid us from capturing their disturbing behaviors? This sounds all too familiar.
The patent, first filed in 2011, also details expanded functionality that could come with the system such as the ability for iPhone users in museums to receive additional information as they look at art installments in museums.
This is how it works:
“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,” the patent says. “An electronic device can then receive the infrared signals, decode the data and temporarily disable the device’s recording function based on the command.”
Civil liberties advocates may still be against the technology due to its ability to shut down the covering of protests by citizens. One things for sure, the ability for personal devices to be disabled by a third party will certainly be controversial among iPhone users who don’t want their devices to be accessed or cameras to be turned off- including us!
Article by: Jimmy J.