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Ghost Hunting

Discussion in 'Android Applications' started by LordKastle, Jan 1, 2010.

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    Glancing through the marketplace an entertaining app popped up.

    "Ghost Radar"

    Not sure, how is supposedly works...it states it does not use EMF readings or gravity detection but looks like an entertaining app to spook some people.

    Haven't even given it a shot yet, but if someone does -- let us know how it is.
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    I'd actually like an EVP app :) I realize it's nothing more than a voice recorder but it'd still be cool :)
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    I downloaded a number of apps that could help in a ghost hunt, then I realized that my group doesn't take phones into the investigation area. They tend to make noises, even when 'silenced', and can give off random emf spikes when doing things like switching towers or even just signal areas.

    But, if you're interested, here is what I found:

    Bubble Level - It is useful for testing the floors, cabinets, shelves, etc., for levelness. Unlevel floors and stairs can cause slight vertigo, especially if they don't all slope the same direction. Unlevel shelves and cabinets can explain items 'flying' off them. And these can all explain items moving in odd patterns 'unassisted'.

    SpectralView - Real time audio spectral analysis. Granted, it doesn't record, but it will show you, in real time, if the sound you're hearing is actually being generated by something physical.

    Voice Recorder - Does exactly what it sounds like.

    Tricorder - It has a built-in mf detector. Unfortunately, it gives off enough noise that it would contaminate any audio you have running, and it is not emf. You can take a magnet underneath it, rotate it, and get fluctuations. Really, it is just a cheap K2, which is pretty worthless in my opinion.

    Metal Detector - While it doesn't fit into the 'standard' kit, it can be useful for finding things like speakers in walls, motors, and such if you suspect you're being played.

    What I would really like to see is a combination of SpectralView and Voice Recorder. All of these are free, but I know at least 1 has a paid version.
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    Informative, Thanks boss :)
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    running it now as we speak......

    words spoken are not audible yet so you have to keep an eye on it. There is a page you can go to to see all the words spoken though so you won't miss anything.

    Looks pretty nice but it does need a settings menu like the iPhone app does.

    It looks like it's set up for the Eris screen right now. There is some unused screen real estate. Updates should fix that.

    Once it gets into a fully working version (audible voice cues, settings menu and using entire screen) it should be a fun app to entertain people.
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    So, how does it work? It sounds a lot like the paranormal puck, which is essentially a random word generator.
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    Ghost Radar FAQ | Spud Pickles

    Devs site
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    a ghost radar? maybe i can charge $0.99 for a fairie finder or a virtual dousing rod. i wonder if there's a virtual ouija board so i can sms the spirit of napoleon bonaparte.
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    I meant 'how well does it work', not 'why does it work'. I already know now the paranormal puck works, which is my problem here.
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    You can make it talk by downloading a free app Eyes-Free Project's Text-To-Speech Extensions. It is pretty cool. So far, I have enjoyed the app. We have not tried it on an investigation yet, but we do have a couple of places we are going to try it out. We already have info about the sites, so it will help us determine how random the words are.

    I figure it was worth a shot. And if it works, it is a lot cheaper than $200 for an official Ovilus or a Puck. Plus, you can email the list of words to yourself for verification later.
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    I would love a LIVE EVP recorder that would record 2 streams; 1 that would be reviewable ASAP; 1 that would keep recording.

    Obviously I would want the EVP to be able to record frequency's both higher and lower than regular speech.
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    As a professional paranormal investigator the only real application that has any use to me is the program that acts as a level indicator. The other applications that speak may seem interesting and once in a while you get a word or two out of them that coincidentally seems relevant to where you are, there are simply made for entertainment purposes and not for paranormal investigations. I am the founder and lead investigator for a paranormal investigation group and I don't allow cell phone applications used in our investigations. Even a real ovilus is for entertainment purposes only and has no place in a real paranormal investigation. As much as I personally would love for a device to do what it claims it does, in reality I would never use one in a serious investigation. It may be a fun toy for "ghost hunters" to use but it is not much use for serious paranormal investigators. Nothing would make me happier than for one of these cell phone apps to have legitimate investigative abilities, unfortunately the internal circuitry of a cell phone and the transmitter, even when turned off, causes any program made to be inaccurate. If you are a ghost hunter (not a paranormal investigator) then I am sure it can be a fun way to spend some time, but if you are a paranormal investigator (not a ghost hunter) than unfortunately the programs are of no use.
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    Yeah, like I said, phones tend to give off background noise even when silenced, and can give false emf positives. I don't allow them during investigations, either.

    But I have to say: "Professional paranormal investigator"? Really? You get paid for your investigations? I ask because we take absolutely no money for our investigations and tend to be... skeptical of people who do.
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    This has been an interesting read gentlemen, thanks. I get chills just knowing that I can post in a thread with paranormal investigators. Ghost scare the crap out of me and I'm a 30 year old man. I've always felt like I can tell when something is different in a room.
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    Check out the pix I posted in the off-topic thread about do you believe in ghosts and explain them away. :) And try listening to the EVP I posted.
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    The metal detector app could find hidden speakers if you were worried about being spoofed. The Ghost Radar apps are amusing, but I wouldn't take them too seriously unless it suddenly starts being VERY accurate during testing on a particular site.

    Audalyzer and Spectralview are useful apps for measuring things, but they're even more useful if you're using an external microphone because you can use magnetic probes. I don't know how well that'd work with a Droid, however. Works fine an an Archos tablet.
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    No money involved. My group is a government registered non profit organization. By professional I mean we aren't some group of reality TV fanatics who try to mimic what they see on television and are deeply versed in the methods and theories behind paranormal investigating and have years of experience. In fact I am attending classes on metaphysics to deepen my knowledge even more of the theories behind related subjects. By professional I mean we aren't some group of ghosthunters chasing something we haven't attempted to even begin to understand. I differentiate between the terms ghost hunters and paranormal investigators. To me they are 2 different things.
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    I have so many flipping SLAPS-wannabes in my area I gave up on doing any investigations. One group has been laying traps and infighting so much it's sad, another group has a leader who likes to flirt with college girls and tell them "my spidey sense is tingling" rather than do any investigating, and so on. Most of them are more interested in getting a t-shirt with their name on it than buying proper equipment.
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