Published on June 5th, 2011 | by Chris3
Apple’s patent remotely prevents you from taking photos
It seems that Apple have recently filed a new patent that could turn off the camera in a device remotely. Of course these devices are most likely to be made by Apple, like the iPhone or iPod but this could start a new craze (everyone wants to copy Apple, right?).
The device will be able to accept a signal from an infrared source and remotely turn off the ability for you to take photos on your device. The new technology could be used for concerts, cinemas, and art exhibitions to prevent copyright infringement or even to prohibit photographs near schools and playgrounds.
While I am all for a system that could stop weirdos taking pictures of children without the parent’s consent, I’m not too keen on a system that could shut down the use of a camera just because someone doesn’t want me taking pictures in a certain area. If the system is widely available in shopping streets, arcades, clubs, parks, bars & cafes it doesn’t give me any reason to even have a camera on my phone any more. Let’s hope that the mainstream camera makers don’t adopt this system otherwise I’m going to start searching for some film.
What are your thoughts?