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Apple Camera Patent Lets External Transmitters Disable Features 268

sticks_us writes with news of an Apple patent application, recently published by the USPTO, for an on-board camera system that would include circuitry for processing external infrared signals. The data received from these signals could then be used to present information to the user of the device, or even to modify the device's operation. "For example, 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. ... In some embodiments, a device may apply a watermark to detected images as an alternative to completely disabling a recording function."
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Apple Camera Patent Lets External Transmitters Disable Features

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  • by elrous0 ( 869638 ) * on Friday June 03, 2011 @09:31AM (#36330372)

    Apple has tapped into a pretty nice market there. They'll make quite a bit just selling portable IR transmitters that cops can wear on their belts--for when our boys in blue need to enforce a little extra discouragement on handcuffed perps and don't want to deal with any pesky pinkos filming or taking pictures.

    Not only that, but by holding the patent, they stand to make a fortune when the government decides to make it mandatory in all new cameras.

    That Steve Jobs is nothing if not a money-making machine. I bet he'll have every college student in the U.S. lined up around the block to buy one of these "enhanced" cameras. He's like one of those Bond villians who comes up with a plan that's undeniably horrific and evil, but also damned creative and ingenious.

    Meanwhile the old Bond villian, Bill Gates, is off fighting AIDS in Africa. Guess that's like when Jaws [] became a good guy in Moonraker.

  • by MrDoh! ( 71235 ) on Friday June 03, 2011 @09:42AM (#36330500) Homepage Journal

    This'll be perfect for following scared women at night, and disabling their ability to make calls/send texts/take a picture.
    And sure cops will have their flashing lights stopping pictures being taken of them.

    Can't think why I'd want a camera that would do this. The small ability to get meta data about something I'm taking a piccy of is far outweighed by the negative uses.

    Go go masking tape.

  • by Darkness404 ( 1287218 ) on Friday June 03, 2011 @09:43AM (#36330514)
    Considering that most people aren't going to carry a standalone camera to document police brutality/corruption, and most people tend to upgrade their cell phone every few years, a law would prove pretty devastating.
  • by nschubach ( 922175 ) on Friday June 03, 2011 @09:52AM (#36330600) Journal

    I can't wait for someone to be carrying one of these that places a watermark of a penis on all the pictures taken on the family vacation to the Grand Canyon.

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