Apple Files Real Life DRM Patent
A new Apple patent, recently published by the US Patents and Trademark office, proposes a number of ways infrared data can be utilized in a next generation camera system for phones.
The technology has an incredible amount of potential, including the ability to display product information about an object near a user. It has the possibility to create an increasingly interactive retail experience. Also, it could be used to identify landmarks for tourists, providing people with a self guided tour.
However, the dark side of this patent rears its ugly head in that the infrared data transmitted to and from the phone could be used to disable functions on the device.
Enter real world digital rights management.
Imagine being at a concert, and are attempting to capture a video of your favorite band. You pull out your phone, launch the camera, and are greeted with the message "Recording Disabled." Thank you technological advancements.
In reality, I'm surprised it has taken this long for a company to actually think of, and patent this technology. Criminals have already figured this out and developed LED necklaces that render infrared security cameras useless. It was only a matter of time until the record companies, and movie industry caught on and used it to milk more money out of our pockets.
Worst case scenario is this infrared real life DRM gets implemented at all national monuments, places of interest, and we're relegated to paying Splash Mountain prices for photos of our family vacations.
Source: Patently Apple