Apple has been granted a new patent that may block your camera from recording

Festivals can interact with your technology to the point of informing you that you are near a free water station when you step inside of a given area, among other geotags. A new patent granted to Apple may make the festival environment that much more of an invisible reach into your personal phone- but this may not be a development you’ll like.

Apple was granted a patent that essentially may stop people from recording videos during a given show. The means to do this is best explained by the source:

In some embodiments, a device may apply a watermark to detected images as an alternative to completely disabling a recording function. For example, a device may receive infrared signals with encoded data that includes a command to apply a watermark to detected images. In such an example, the device may then apply the watermark to all detected images that are displayed or stored (e.g., single pictures or frames of a video).

This can mean an end to the ID detective culture that we see online, but it is also a huge benefit for artists who want to have more of an element of surprise for new tracks that they want to road test. In addition, people will be more encouraged to be in the moment and with their friends- a definite win-win.




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