No Apple cameras in concerts?
Apple has been tasked to develop a technology that can stop smartphone cameras from being active in concerts.
In the proposed technology, smartphone camera is able to receive coded infrared signals that are emitted in public places.
The hand-set should then provide information on the screen or make the camera functionality inactive. This stops the user from taking a photo using it.
However, there are fears that the technology may cause frustrations among its consumers.
Stuart Miles, the gadget site Pocket Lint founder said that “It could harm Apple in the eyes of some people.”
He further explains that people like being free and Apple cannot stand a chance of taking all that away.
Apple patent its products
“But Apple patents stuff all the time, a lot of big companies do that. It might be created for one purpose, but end up used for something else.”
The first time the patent was filed was in 2011. It highlights numerous occasions where the technology becomes beneficial.
In one case, the infrared emitter can be installed in a museum. It can then give a visitor some important information regarding the artefacts on display.
However, other methods of augmenting museum exhibits – such as location-based data sharing and scanable QR barcodes – already exist.
However, several negativities may hit Apple due such a technology. Programmers may develop an inexpensive filter that defeats the coded infrared signals. Alternatively, the handset’s software may get modified. The realistic is a situation where consumers switch to rival companies.
“I think the idea would resonate more with event organisers than consumers,” said Mr Miles.
Some of the areas where people are not supposed to make videos include museums, concerts and football matches. Money is involved in such cases.
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