Apple to develop camera blocker

Ever been to a performance where you have specifically been asked not to take photos or videos, yet there is still someone in front of you blocking your view with their iPhone?

Apple have recently filed a patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office which could stop the above from happening. The technology, if fully developed, could assist event organisers stopping those videos and photographs taking place using infrared technology.

A device would be set up on stage by the organiser, a button would be pressed and iPhone users in the audience will see a “recording disabled” message on their screen. This would only work whilst the screen was pointed at the stage. You can still take those crowd selfies for instagram.

You may remember last month that pop sensation Adele hit out at a crowd member at a show in Italy for using their mobile phone rather than actually watching the performance. In the video she pointed to the woman and said “I want to tell that lady as well, can you stop filming me with the video camera,’ she said. ‘I’m really here in real-life, you can enjoy it in real-life rather than through your camera.

Apple's recently filed patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Apple’s recently filed patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Apple have shown in their patent that the technology can have its other uses. An example shown is a museum item on display, pointing your iPhone at the artefacts or painting will bring up more information. On the flip side, a lot of museums do not allow photography or videos, this device would help them enforce those rules.

One iPhone user I spoke to said “I’ve never tried to record a concert. Although I do like seeing concert that people record because a lot of the bands I like don’t tour over here so seeing stuff on YouTube that people post is the only way



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