People pay good money to go see a concert, but inevitably it happens. A number of concertgoers hold up their iPhones and film the show. For some, it can be quite annoying, for others it's way of creating a lasting memory of the experience. But it's possible that the craze of recording photos and video at concerts may be about to change thanks to a new technology patented by Apple.

According to, Apple applied for a patent for new technology in 2011 and the patent was just granted. The patent describes a camera detecting infrared signal that helps interpret data. One signal could be used to disable both still photography and video recording on devices. The infrared emitter could be located in areas where picture and video capture has been advertised as being prohibited and encoded with commands that help temporarily disable recording functions on devices.

The same approach could be used to prevent video recording in movie theaters, which would cut down on the amount of pirated movies. And it could also be used to block photography in sensitive locations.

On a different note, the same technology could be used to automatically display information about the object your viewing or photographing in a museum and prove to be an informative tool for those using it. To get an idea of how the technology may work, check out a graphic here.

While there are pros and cons to photographing and recording at concerts in terms of promoting bands, the new technology could allow artists to have more of a say in terms of which events are allowed. So stay tuned to see how it all plays out.

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