Say you have some paint thinner, a pair of sunglasses, a box cutter and and old LCD computer monitor. Quick, what do you do? I'll tell you what. You go all MacGyver and make a super secret privacy monitor that makes your secret agent computer sleuthing invisible to the naked eye.
That's right, no need to take your obsolete monitors to the Salvation Army just yet. An Instructables' user recently showed how to hack an old LCD to make screen content only visible to those wearing special glasses. Those without the glasses see nothing but a white screen. Here's how you do it:
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The monitor is made of two layers of film — polarized and anti-glare. Take you box cutter blade and cut along the edges of the monitor to remove the films. Peel off the frosted anti-glare coating because it's not needed. Same goes for the polarized film, but save a piece because it's the secret ingredient to making this hack possible.
Next, get your paint thinner, or any other solvent, to soften the adhesive that remains on the glass. You may need to experiment with solvents and methods, however the user who came up with this idea, dimovi, suggests putting paper towels on the screen, soaking them in paint thinner and letting them sit. After you're done scraping the glue off with plastic or wood, reassemble the monitor.
Now take your sunglasses — or any other frames for that matter — and pop out the lenses. Then take the scrap of polarized film and craft yourself some new lenses. Voila!
The polarized film is normally used to to filter backlight from what's visible onscreen. Without it, the monitor appears to be a blank, white screen. But put on your new shades and all of your secret agent computer work is revealed.
Credit: Instructables user, dimovi