While these restrictive applications caused some controversy among users, the technology can also be used in ways to enhance the user's experience. One example illustrated by Apple includes the use of an infrared emitter placed near an object in a museum which generates infrared signals with encoded data containing information about the object. The information about the object would then be displayed to the user.
While some users support Apple taking steps to prevent illegal recordings, others were concerned about what could ultimately be deemed an illegal recording.
Concerts are one thing but what about public protests or crisis situations at performance venues?
Others were already offering up ways to override any possible restrictions. Suggestions included using an infrared filter to block transmissions.
Of course, none of this is really new as the patent has been in the works for several years. And certainly, Apple has given no indication that it plans to use the technology in the ways illustrated in the patent.