Conventional methods for providing a privacy shutter on camera devices have included external mechanical solutions, e.g., a physical lens clip or a physical lens cap that slides in front of a cover glass. These external solutions provide notification to a user that a privacy mode is active as the lens clip or lens cap can be seen by the user. However, these solutions are bulky and add mechanical complexity to the camera device design. Other methods include providing mechanical shutter inside the camera device. However, these fail to notify the user of the current privacy mode of the camera. This document describes privacy shutters for camera devices, and more specifically, an illuminated intra-camera privacy mechanism for camera devices.
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Anonymous, "Illuminated Intra-Camera Privacy Mechanism", Technical Disclosure Commons, (March 19, 2020)