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Magical IPAD Reveals Hidden Details In Surveillence Images!

as has been previously documented, i use my iPad in the shower regularly.

however, even after taking hydrophobic precautions during and after use, such as using the soap dish riser (red arrow), and always shedding any residual moisture with repeated violent flinging motions, this has apparently not prevented hydroxylic acid from seeping in to the device thru several unprotected ports and damaging the Retina display.

i first noticed the problem when a 1 1/2” tall, horizontal band showed up with seemingly random iridescent colors throughout, (shown as horizontal orange lines in the photo).

of course, this could not be tolerated, so i scheduled a Genius Bar appointment to see what could be done about it. i was internally debating whether to “come clean” about the shower use, when out of habit I browsed to a recent IPVM test on covert cameras.

although i tried to ignore the bright band, i noticed something odd in several of the dark, nearly black pictures.

i made this video to illustrate:

now i’m not really thinking this is some sort of magical display, but still it seems that such a hover, highlighting false color tool could be useful in certain circumstances. notice how some of the pictures that are dark remain dark, and others have useful information revealed by the broken screen. but without a tool, you might think they contained the same detail.

do any VMSes have such a false color, or high contrast hover tool?

if not, why not?

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Wait, how did you do that?

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short answer: i got some water in my ipad by accident. next day a ruler-sized bright band appeared from side to side (in landscape orientation).

whenever this band passes over a dark area, it translates the different shades of gray/black into various bright colors.

this is not a new concept, the technique is seen in everything from medical imaging to NASA photography.

it is striking to me that it happened accidentally. and it seems possibly useful for security footage, yet i don’t think i’ve seen it anyware in this industry.

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Magical IPad reveals undisclosed details not normally seen, and a magician never reveals his secrets ;)

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Genius Bar-ista: The screen is partially malfunctioning.

Me: I was afraid of that...

Genius Bar-ista: The device is showing signs of water damage. Has it been submerged at any point?

Me: Submerged? No...never submerged.

Genius Bar-ista: Any contact with water?

Me: No, unless you count cleaning the screen, which I do every morning without fail with a few drops of water and a very soft towel and never using any solvents or anything harsher than i would use on my own skin.

Genius Bar-ista: Has it been dropped?

Me: Into water? No, I am very careful not to let it drop in the water.

Genius Bar-ista: Dropped at all?

Me: Not exactly. Sometimes I’ll kinda throw it like a frisbee, often towards a pillow, but for only a short distance and at a shallow angle that minimizes the g forces, but everybody does that, right?

Genius Bar-ista: Are there any other incidents or facts you can recall that might help us understand what could have led to this?

Me: Should I call my lawyer?

Genius Bar-ista: Ha! No, its just that sometimes people forget to mention things... We had a guy here the other day needing a repair, who forgot to tell us he took his iPhone in the sauna with him 3 times a week for months. Can you imagine?

Me: Idiot!

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I really hope this is a true and accurate transcript of the conversation that too place. However, the lack of quotation marks makes me think it is not.

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I really hope this is a true and accurate transcript of the conversation...

“The transcript shows it was a perfect conversation. Everybody says so.”

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found the fix online:

after berating his kids, the guy gets to the ‘vicious’ fix around the 1:30 mark.

seems risky.

also i’m not sure i want to give up my superpowers just yet.

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I don't see an answer to the question of "false color" features in any VMS. Should I start working on this application as a plug-in for other VMSs? File patent?

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I don't see an answer to the question of "false color" features in any VMS. Should I start working on this application as a plug-in for other VMSs? File patent?

I found this, not the same but interesting.

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