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Many will argue that technology has ruined how we experience live performances nowadays. The majority of us tend to get caught up with taking photos and videos, as well as tweeting, texting, Instagramming and Snapchatting, and oftentimes miss out on what is going on right in front of us.

For that, Apple looks to have come up with a solution. The company has been granted a patent for technology that would prevent iPhones from taking photos at concerts or sensitive locations.

The patent in turn describes how the iPhone camera can detect an infrared signal and in turn interpret data, saying “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.”

This same technique could also prevent users from recording in movie theaters, in addition to blocking photography in sensitive locations.

There would be an upside to the utilization of such technology, however. While in a museum, for example, the system could be used to automatically display information about the object one is viewing or photographing, as noted by an inclusion in the patent: “An infrared emitter can be located near an object and generate infrared signals with encoded data that includes information about that object. An electronic device can then receive the infrared signals, decode the data and display the information about the object to the user.”

For now, Apple has yet to speak on the new patent and what is to come, but this could once again be a game changer for the tech juggernaut.

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