Ironically enough, Apple's newest patent may help you unplug and enjoy live performances for what they are.



New Patent Can Stop People From Taking Photos At Concerts

You know the experience of trying to get a better view of your favorite band or artist at a concert, weaving through the crowd, getting your feet stomped on, only to be blocked with glowing iPhone screens. You resort to watching the concert via someone’s device, or craning your neck endlessly to get a better view. (If you don’t know the experience, you’re the ones blocking us, or you are very, very tall. Like Shaq tall.)  Technology is great and all, but there must be moments when you wish that your fellow concert goers would just chill with the picture taking for, like, two seconds. Don’t fret—Apple‘s got you.

Back in 2011, Apple filed a patent for an infrared technology that could drastically change the live performance experience for years to come. Recently, the tech giant has been granted a patent, outlining the technology that would give venues and artists the ability to not only prohibit photography, but disable it entirely. Patently Apple, a site that “celebrates Apple’s spirit of innovation,” breaks it down like so: “An infrared emitter could be located in areas where picture or video capture is prohibited, and the emitter could generate infrared signals with encoded data that includes commands to disable the recording functions of devices. An electronic device could then receive the infrared signals, decode the data and temporarily disable the device’s recording function based on the command.”

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This new technology system is not only meant for livening up your concert experience. Apple outlined other issues in its patent, including museum exhibits, retail environments, and movie theaters. The museum goers can use their iPhones as auto tour guides, shoppers can be informed of any item and its price, availability, and other relevant data, and customers be stopped from filming movies for illegal distribution.

Just imagine a few hours without your precious iPhone. Maybe it’ll be annoying at first, but it’ll force you to take in whole experiences as is. No need to worry about taking Snapchats to update your loyal fans or the perfect picture for your Instagram feed. It will be your favorite artist, the fans, and you. Doesn’t that sound nice?

Stay tuned to Milk for more technology that can make (or break) your concert experience. 

Photo via The Next Web.

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