If you've been to a concert in recent years then you know that they're often littered with people holding up their phones attempting to capture every moment of the show. Things have gotten so bad that Adele
recently called out one of her own audience members for continuously filming her throughout the show. Outside of Adele rightfully flaming a concertgoer, the creation of social media platforms like Instagram and Snapchat have completely changed who can document what and how they can go about doing so. Admittedly, seeing people hold their phones up during the entirety of a show is more than a nuisance, it's an obstructive pain in the ass. Now, about a year after Instagram's creation, and around the time Snapchat was starting to become a thing, Apple
filed a patent in 2011 to combat members of the audience who simply can't get enough of filming concerts on their phones.
According to 9 to 5 mac
, Apple's 2011 patent has been granted permission to block concertgoers from filming or taking pictures at shows. Essentially, the patent details infrared technology that would be able to send a signal to disable both photos and videos on iPhones.
The official patent reads as follows:
"For example, 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. An electronic device can then receive the infrared signals, decode the data and temporarily disable the device's recording function based on the command"
While this surely won't be a hit with concertgoers, it will help to crack down on piracy as this technology could also be used at movie theaters and various other types of performances. For the truly nerdy reading (myself included), check out pictures of the patent below: