used in Paranormal Investigations
currently in use by the paranormal community were originally
developed for other uses such as EMF Detectors and Thermal
Imaging Devices. Others like the Spirit Box
devices were developed specifically for paranormal research.
common paranormal EMF
detector types – The Ghost Meter, a Mel Meter, and a K2 meter.
the more commonly used
paranormal devices, the EMF detector was first developed for use by
electricians to detect the presence of electricity. EMF detectors
for paranormal use have been redesigned to meet the needs of the
investigators. Ghosts are believed to be made up of EMF and so it
follows that a reading on an EMF detector may indicate the presence
of a ghost.
Digital Voice Recorders
voice recorders range vastly
in quality, price, and appearance but in reality most voice recorders
including the one on your phone work quite well for paranormal
investigation. Digital voice recorders’ particular talent is
picking up EVP s but of course they can be used for
paranormal sound recordings.
radios have recently been
adopted for use by the paranormal community but not in their standard
form. Spirit Boxes (a.k.a. Frank’s Box) are FM/AM radios that have
been modified to scan through the channels on either band to create a
type of white noise or static and which makes them ITC
devices. Rapid scanning through the channels happens at the
microsecond rate in to cut down on the number of radio voices coming
through the box. Spirit Box voices can be heard in real time but
extreme care (and user experience) must be taken before a voice is
declared a spirit voice.
Thermal Imaging Devices
FLIR (forward looking
infrared) imaging device (left). ASI’s own Ruby the ghost hunting
cattle dog shown in visible light (center) and in FLIR imaging
(right) using a FLIR E5
Thermal imaging has been used for
military and security purposes for some time now and has become a
popular and effective ghost hunting tool too. There are a variety of
thermal imaging devices but the two most common technologies are FLIR
(see above) and those used for night surveillance (see below). Both
“see in temperature” but have different imaging outputs. FLIR
does not provide an onboard heat source where most of the
surveillance styles do come with a circle of heat LEDs.
(left) with circle of heat LEDs on camera front. A bathroom hallway
(right) captured with thermal imaging. The bathroom was dark in the
visible light spectrum (to the naked eye) but is illuminated in the
infrared range using heat LEDs.
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