Technology has made a lot of things great and more convenient in recent years. A major example of that would be the smart phone/iPhone. However, like with all things for as many good things there are there are also some downsides. A major downside of having the world in your pocket is that many people use this technology to film concerts rather than actually experience it - some times also getting in the way of other people who actually are trying to enjoy the moment. However, now Apple Inc. has patented new technology that could potentially prevent this from happening.
According to 9to5Mac the patent says the technology would:
"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"
If this technology comes to fruition, it could also prevent people from recording in movie theaters, on or near movie sets, etc. However, it can also provide things as well instead of only taking them away such as displaying information about something you're looking at in a museum or historical site.
However, if this does happen it probably won't be for a while as the patent was only just recently filed. Also, Apple often files patents for various technology that never sees the light of day. That said, I wouldn't count on seeing anything like this any time soon unfortunately.
Personally, I have two different feelings on this. On the one hand, it would be unfortunate if you couldn't at least snap a few pictures at a show. On the other, it would FINALLY eliminate all those people who just stand there watching the show through their phone screens the whole time rather than actually getting the experience they paid to have. I personally do hope this happens because people who just stand there filming concerts not only get in the way of other people trying to have a good time, but also it kind of steals the energy that an artist/band thrives on. Without crowd energy, it's hard for a musician to really get into what they're doing on stage. It kills the moment. I think this would be a step forward because it could be the start of us putting down our phones and living real life for a change.