A new Apple patent intended for mobile devices could help the music and film industries stop people from illegally recording a concert or a movie playing in a theater.
The patent describes an invisible infrared sensor integrated into mobile iOS devices with a built-in camera — which includes iPhones, the iPod Touch and iPad 2. As the Apple patent explains, an infrared sensor in a mobile phone could be used to search for another signal that would say whether it is O.K. to activate and record footage with the phone’s camera.
The recording industry could easily use this technology to disable a camera during a music concert by blasting an infrared signal from the stage and in turn disabling an iPhone from recording the concert for purposes of sharing it online, violating copyright laws.
We REALLY hope this comes out, the IR signals (like a TV remote) would quickly be reverse engineered and industrious makers would sell anti- paparazzi devices people could wear everywhere, turning off iDevice cameras everywhere 🙂 Lots of mischief ahead, looking forward to it.