#1482: GlitchGauge

For buyers and hirers of expensive vehicles, spotting even small imperfections in a car’s bodywork is important.

Today’s invention is an image processing technique which can help.

A quick set of digital photographs can be taken of the panels of a car and loaded onto a laptop. These need to be taken on a dry day and preferably in a dark garage -to avoid too many high-contrast reflections.

Applying a contrasting colour (via a buckefill tool, set at the right threshold level) to these images can easily highlight glitches in the paintwork.

Instead of the perfect lines intended by the designer/manufacturer, any discontinuities will show up clearly enough for the discussion about pricing implications (or liability) to take place sensibly.

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