DIY Night Vision

Submitted by: buddy 10 years ago in Tech

All you need is a flashlight, some cellophane, and an old camera.
There are 64 comments:
Male 2,781
MAYBE I CAN INVENT AN INFRARED DEVICE AND IMPLANT IT IN MY EYE. (BORG STYLE)
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Male 521
thats cool!

the narrator...is that a real person talking?!

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Male 85
technically its not COMPLETE darkness if there is a flashlight used for it...

I think the flashlight was just to see. I don`t think it was the one he constructed, as he filtered that one.

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Male 79
i am a robot..i have a robot vagina
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Male 57
ConverseUK ~ "Want my advice? Buy IR LEDs and make an IR torch.

Then use it and find out that your pre-millenium camera doesnt detect much at all."

copying what i said previously then saying it doesnt work?
BS! it does work, ive done it with my web cam. and it shows it happening on this youtube video as well ( not my video btw )

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lz-hZJkwJOI

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Male 205
they do sell them converse

yes, as i said in my first post, the whole idea is pointless
but it will work

i dont even know what your are saying anymore, what part of this wont work?

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Male 148
or how about you just use the flashlight attached to the camera....... it would make more sence tbh
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Male 4,290
"Do you think they`d sell cameras with this useless feature? I think not."

I think they would, because how are you meant to line up a photograph in the dark if you can`t at least see a bit in the first place?

Plus, any lightbulb emits infra-red radiation. Want proof? Try touching a lightbulb after it`s been on for even a minute. The reason you burn your hand is the infra-red radiation, because that`s what heat is.

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Male 1,270
Want my advice? Buy IR LEDs and make an IR torch.

Then use it and find out that your pre-millenium camera doesnt detect much at all.

Real night-vision equipment is VERY sensitive and can be ruined my merrly removing the lens cap in daylight.

I know this because my dad owns an expensive night vision aid. Do you think they`d sell cameras with this useless feature? I think not.

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Male 205
[got cut off, the last word is "emitter"]

might add that this probably isn`t using true IR but a wavelength of around 1um, only just longer than the average person can see

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Male 205
The MetaCafe site certainly does contain a lot of bullpooting videos- I remember something about using a candle to generate electricity (and not by using a heat engine, or anything even approaching logically possible)

But that still isn`t a reason to dismiss all the instructional videos out of hand, as I have already pointed out.

In this video the guy uses what looks like normal bulb flashlight, this *will* emit IR radiation.

He uses several sheets of tinted cellophane to filter out all the noticeable visible light.
The cellophane will still allow the IR radiation to shine through.

The camera he is using has a night-time mode, that detects IR to get a clearer picture.

Shining the torch will increase the amount of light the camera can detect, just as shining an unfiltered torch would increase the amount of light your eye would detect.

Many cameras use a similar night mode and many cameras come with built in IR emitters. This vid is only really showing how to make an IR em

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Male 773
i agree with converese... its just a scam like all the other `magic, DIY super duper things`
i doubt it would work
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Male 870
[quote]On 9/2/2007 9:34:23 PM RelaxEnjoy wrote: This isnt (necessarily) fake silly people. ... Cy- true: infra-red cant be seen by the human eye, but thats why a camera that can see infra red must be used....[/quote]

My bad. I saw a similar clip on metacafe, by KipKay, who just stuck cellophane into goggles, to block out the visible wavelengths of light. I just assumed this was the same clip. Shouldn`t have jumped to conclusions.

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Male 1,270
You`re losing your line of argument, guys/guy. I`ll try to answer your questions nonetheless...

I believe this is a new concept, which somebody has spent time refining (whethter it does or does not work) thus rendering it an invention.

Secondly, I wasn`t commenting on grammar, I was refering to your articulation (or lack thereof).

Dust_monkey, I don`t see the point insulting my opted account name, especially when yours has apparently no relevance to anything at all. If you really want to know, I looked at the first thing in my room (being one of my pairs of Converse Allstars) and chose that. If there`s anyting else you want to know about me, please feel free to ask.

Now to address the point about the MetaCafe site; people are encouraged to make videos with a very high appeal, meaning they often consist of outrageous claims. The bigger the claim, the more views the video gets, the more money the owner receives.

Also, I don`t care about your disability and the way you *use it*.

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Male 205
i mianly hate poepel thet thinck speling meens anithing atall, an than try to use it to proov a point in a vary vary improtnt interweb argument

"its from metacafe its fake (ps kill yourself)"
"no, it could work, here`s why: ..."
"you misspelt something there its still fake"
*utter deterioration of sensible replies*

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Male 57
pre school? i bloody know that and btw converse this is suicide camp EMO.

i have sugested a much cheeper way to do this and you havent commeneted on that have you?

i hate these people who think there so superior that everyone else, its basicly racism / discimination. im acturly dyslexic so my spelling isnt as good as the average person.

and your still a wank stain converse ( and wtf is up with naming your self after a shoe? you realy that perfectic with limimted imagination )

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Male 205
ohnoes, did someone on the internets not use proper grammar?

this isnt an invention anyways

the way metacafe makes money has no bearing on the validity of this vids claims
neither does my (evidently very offensive lack of grammar)

you have managed to make a statement and back it up with two of the most fallacious arguments on my interwebs fofofofo

if you care to explain why this "invention" as you call it doesnt work then perhaps i might turn up the grammar slightly

kthxbai

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Male 1,270
RelaxEnjoy, what language are you typing in?

You too, dust_monkey...this isn`t a pre-school group.

This `invention` doesn`t work. 99% of these `inventions` don`t work. They rely on fools like you to watch the video multiple times so they earn more money.

Yes, metacafe has a system which pays the makers of movies for getting traffic to their site, and you`re all suckers for it. Stop feeding these lazy moviemakers for telling us lies, its just a way of them to sit at home earning money from other peoples` stupidity.

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Male 205
yes dust_monkey you may well be correct (certainly about ConverseUK, atleast)

my reasoning was that he uses a few more sheets of red, to block out all shorter than it, then a couple of sheets of blue to block out some of the longer wavelengths, resulting in all the visible red being blocked but still letting enough IR through for it to work

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Male 205
shouldnt i be allowed to have a few last words before i kill myself?

that`s if i decide to take the advice you gave me in your first comment, converse.

these comments calling me retarded for believing this would were were just too much for me not to comment on, they irony was just too great

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Male 57
relax and enjoy your not quite right there..

blue cellophane will only alow blue light in
red will only alow red thru, add them together no light can get thru apart from the light not in the visable spectru eg inferred

any way there is a better and cheeper way to do this imo, just buy a infered LED or use your tv remote :)

also converse uk you are a wankstain

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Male 1,270
Shut up RelaxEnjoy...just shut up.
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Male 205
flashlights DO emit infra-red (as a by product of emitting visible light)

coloured cellophane is used to stop some frequencies of light getting thru, and his setup is designed to stop all visible light getting thru

presumably the red cellophane stops light of a shorter wavelength than red and the blue cellophane stops light of a longer wavelength of blue (which is why he uses less blue)

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Male 392
no.
I know that it`s not infrared.
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Male 68
Hey, that`s great! I might have to try it.
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Male 238
Ok. Do you people really think a flashlight emits infra red light in the first place? Look up what cellophane is used for, also.
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Male 392
XD
It`s true.
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Male 290
^ ^ ^ plus you could take pictures and videos of stuff and people without blasting a flashlight on them and letting everyone know where you are :)

oohhh the possibilities :P

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Male 392
Hey retards!
Using a normal flash ligh is the dumbest thing ever.
Because
A. Where`s the fun in that?
And
b. A normal flashlight would be really bright in one area.
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Male 62
from the makers of DUI sobrioty passes
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Male 205
converseuk... what a wankstain

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Male 205
This isnt (necessarily) fake silly people.

If enough red(+blue) cellophane can block all visible light while still letting infra red thru then it would work (im not an expert on cellophane, but this makes perfect sense)

Cy- true: infra-red cant be seen by the human eye, but thats why a camera that can see infra red must be used.

Jesus_Wey- yes, the sony night vision camera uses infra red to see in the dark with.. thats why shining an infra-red light makes it see more clearly

The whole point if this is that you can see people without them seeing you. But that wont work because the light used in the screen will shine on your face anyway.


A whole lot of you people missed the point in this video pointed out flaws that didnt exist and missed the one that did.

Quick to claim it retarded also.. ironic really

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Male 124
Boy. That. Guy. Sure. Spoke. Excitingly. He. Has. Such. A. Good. Voice. For. Narration. He. Should. Get. A. Job. On. Radio. !. !. !.
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Female 2,084
"so if your using a flashlight in the first place, why would you make it only so your camera could see it. If it was pitch black, wouldn`t you want to use the flashlight to, i dont know.. see?"

lol. that`s what i was thinking.

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Male 270
Simply wearing an eyepatch for 20 minutes gives me enough night vision in that eye anyway.
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Female 486
My cousin has night vision goggles (seriously, he`s 13 and he ordered them on the internet) and I got to try them. They were totally awesome. Of course, all the use I got out of them in the dark was catching my cousin picking his nose.
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Male 870
This is stupid. Obviously, it doesn`t help you see anything you can`t already. Real infra-red cannot be seen (Wikipedia link)--that`s why it`s infra-red and not plain red.
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Female 44
OR you could just put your camera/cell phone on "picture mode" and hold it up to one eye. You`ll see a lot better in the dark doing that.
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Female 663
It`s like watching Mr. Wizard, but only the stalkerish kind. And what`s up with that guy`s voice? I`ve heard computer generated voices with more inflection.
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Female 416
i want night vision goggles really bad now.

for what? i don`t know, but i want them.

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Female 105
thats cool i wanna try it
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Male 42
He purposely sets it up so it`s generally too hard to get the materials required.

A digital camera from the 90`s. Who has one of them? Very few people.

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Female 1,832
Fun for about the first minute or so ... meh
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Male 233
i want nightvision goggles.
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Male 1,485
ghay
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Male 238
retarded. didnt he say you could buy a sony with night vision? if you did that, then you wouldn`t need to do that whole thing with the flashlight. And how do you know it works? for all we saw he could`ve been using a normal flashlight.
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Female 496
It looks like he used a flashlight and a colored filter over his camera lens. I`m calling bs on this.
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Male 553
isnt the flash on the camera supposed to do this?
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Male 1,149
He`s right, i haven`t seen anything this guy has said work.
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Male 1,270
Jesus Christ, look at the bloody site where it`s from. It`s fake dammit.

He`s getting money from every person who believes this crap. He knows nobody will actually try it out, so he knows it doesn`t have to work.

Everybody who believes this, please kill yourself now.

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Male 699
How much are night vision goggles?
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Female 47
If you really wanted night vision bad enough to do that then why don`t you just go buy one of those video camras that have a night record thing on?
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Male 232
It`s basically a thing you use to sneak up on people in the dark, like when playing hide and go seek with kids. You can see them... they can`t see you...
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Male 438
cool, now i can spy on my hot neighbors
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Male 629
OR!
Use a regular flashlight to see around.
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Male 4,012
"How`s it work?"

I`m calling the grammar police!

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Female 1,158
^^ Maybe you were spying on someone?
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Male 418
so if your using a flashlight in the first place, why would you make it only so your camera could see it. If it was pitch black, wouldn`t you want to use the flashlight to, i dont know.. see?
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Male 251
i thought it said cellphone instead of cellophane, so i was a little upset when i didnt see a cellphone in this video...oh well i guess i need to read better...lol
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Male 1,289
technically its not COMPLETE darkness if there is a flashlight used for it...
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Female 61
Er...yeah. Just spring for night vision on your camera, or don`t bother recording possums digging through your garbage in the first place. XD Where would one GET colored cellophane, anyway?
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Female 1,025
remember that parody of miss teen south carolina by quiet library?

the narrator talks just like her.

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Female 1,492
i`m lazy...that`s too much work for me...LOL.
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Male 10,115
Link: DIY Night Vision [Rate Link] - All you need is a flashlight, some cellophane, and an old camera.
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