Caveat Emptor…Ghost Radar Is Fake

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1) Start by picking your Favourite number

2) Multiply by 3, then

3) Add 3, then again Multiply by 3

4) You’ll get a 2 or 3 digit number….

5) Add those digits together.  If you end up with another two digit number add those digits together until you have one digit.

Now Scroll down…

With your number in mind check the list below to find which fortuitous path I have divined from the universe for you:

1. Become a lecturer on the quantum physics science tour
2. Start a New World Religion and recruit Sylvia Brown
3. Read War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, then send him a written critique
4. Quit your job and become a faith healer for your local homeless shelter
5. Stay on your current path; you are righteous and wholesome
6. Start a Sherlock Holmes re-enactment society in your basement.
7. Announce your candidacy for the office of the President
8. Invent and apply for a patent on a free-energy device
9. Send the value of your last three paycheques to Paranormal People
10. Drool in the corner for an hour every day
11. Become a Scientologist
12. Start a religious-military cult and populate it with those who got #10

Okay, you can stop picking other numbers, the Universe has spoken. I’ll be expecting payment before the 1st of the month.

Have I made my point, or should we go on?

This has been a lesson in the virtues of critical thinking.  I suspect that the vast majority of you got a chuckle out of the above math magic, and then quickly decided it must be some sort of a scam (others may already be looking for accepted payment methods), and I also suspect that the point of the above test is not lost in the humour of it all.

It would seem, from the vast array of tom-foolery going on the in the western marketplace, that the people of America (the Continent) are entirely the most gullible people on the planet.  There are exceptions of course (so cool your jets on that strongly worded email for a minute), but occasionally there comes a product that is so fantastic, so wondrous, so ridiculously fake, that we can’t help but open our hearts and our wallets as we clamber over one another to get a piece of material happiness.

k2_meter_good-2In the paranormal world especially; we enthusiasts, hobbyists, researchers and investigators are inundated with a catalogue of products that are touted to offer us exclusive insights into the ethereal world of ghosts, ghouls and goblins.  In a perfect world, these products would be constructed based on science, based on proven methodologies and on commercial accountability.  They would be backed by fiscally responsible and morally dependable companies, and they would be marketed with transparency and honesty.

Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world.  Of the untold numbers of products and devices that the paranormal community is bombarded with, there are some that stick out as being…worthy of some scrutiny.  In recent years such devices as the K2 Meter and the notorious Ovilus I have dragged the paranormal research community through the proverbial mud.

Whether we’re talking about an overly sensitive and poorly designed EMF meter, or in the case of the Ovilus, a pre-programmed random word generator, the consequences are the same in every instance.  Flocks of would-be ghost hunters swarm various online retailers in hopes of purchasing one of these devices that’s purported to change the metaphysical world forever.  Invariably, these devices are debunked by learned men and women in the field, but not before a host of lesser informed people wastes their time and money on the product, and worse yet, not before so-called evidence of paranormal activity is showcased with a thank you nod to these ridiculous pieces of electronic crap.

Now, however, we have a new technological enemy; one that is combined with a trusted name, a financial giant and with a long standing history of general consumer popularity…the I-phone.

I should say, right of the bat that it isn’t the I-phone itself that’s the problem.  In-and-of-itself it truly is a technological marvel, providing instant and easy connectivity between people and information; a perfect tool for today’s culture and society.  No, it isn’t the I-phone itself, it’s actually an I-Phone app that I’m questioning today.

GhostRadarGhost Radar, developed by none other than Spud Pickle.[1]

As outlined on the Spud Pickle website for this particular application, Ghost Radar measures quantum flux (quantum fluctuation) in the atmosphere and translates that into any one of a variety of display modes, from a cartoony graphic radar screen, to a numerical value.

I had to give my head a shake when I first read the above on their website.  I mean, the I-phone seems like a pretty sophisticated device, but I don’t recall hearing that it could measure quantum flux.  After all, it’s only a cell phone, albeit, a cell phone on steroids.

By the developers own admission, the I-phone itself doesn’t have the necessary equipment on board to actually measure quantum flux.  Among its many capabilities, the I-phone and the I-pod touch carry a host of electronic gizmos that make them work as a cell phone, mp3 player, mobile computer etc (respectively).  Such as Wi-Fi transceivers, touch sensors, gyroscopes, accelerometers, speakers and microphones, some of which are designed to allow the device to be aware of its physical environment, and to display its various media according to its attitude or movement.

It does not, however, house any type of laser micrometer; its chronometer is not accurate to within one millionth of a second (as would be required for quantum measurement), it doesn’t have the hard memory necessary to house the highly complex calculations and mathematical theories needed to quantify any such fluctuation, and simply put it doesn’t have the ability to see quantum particles, nor does it even have the basic ability to detect electromagnetic frequencies (EMF).

Right off the bat, the I-phone fails as a ghost hunting device, just from a look at its hardware; but what really does this software do?  Is it anything more than a glorified random output generator?  All indications are that the answer is ‘no’, it is nothing more than a cleverly programmed cell phone application that generates seemingly non-random display results.

graphOn the Spud Pickle website you’ll also find a host of user testimonials, most of which are nondescript kudos to the developer for making such a ‘cool app’, but some are more detailed pseudo-analyses touting unbelievable results.  And I warn you, beware what you believe from some anonymous tribute to a questionable device.  This application is not capable of doing what the developer claims, however, just as any analog or digital recording device can be manipulated by ambient energies to provide mysterious EVP’s, so too can the I-phone be manipulated by the same energies, though this is not a technological market cornered by Apple, nor is it the exclusive domain of the Spud Pickle application developer.

On an aside from the above, Digital Dowsing, the makers of the infamous Ovilus I (the “I” being an indication of a generational product), have terminated production of the Ovilus I and have since replaced that product with their own I-phone app: I-Ovilus.

Now, while I’m personally pained by their lack of creativity with the naming of their application, I want to point out that this transmutation of their original abomination is no less ridiculous, and in fact, since the I-phone contains none of the measurement hardware contained in the original Ovilus, the I-Ovilus is in fact even more useless than its namesake.

The moral here, besides the obvious, is that in our pursuit of an understanding of this strange and beautiful world around us, there are no easy answers.  There is no button to push, no machine to rely on and no computer to tell us the answer.  This remains a burgeoning field of academic study and lain before us is a long and winding path of hard work and experimentation.  If anything, the popularity of the above devices and applications is a simple testament of the divide between those in the paranormal community who seek truth, and those who seek notoriety, and even yet, those who seek only cheap thrills.

Authors Edit: January 26, 2010

In the three months since this article was posted, I must say that I am astounded by the lack of critical examination, of even my own assessment of the Ghost Radar application.

In the above article, I played a trick on you.  I laid out the hardware requirements that such a device would need in order to measure “Quantum Flux”  But it seems, either the reader is ignorant of just what quantum flux is, or is not concerned with the truth behind such idiotic gizmos.

Quantum Flux is an idea, rooted in the science of physics, that pertains to a measurement of magnetic fluctuation. Quantum, a fancy way to say the resulting measurement, is simply a study of magnetic fluctuations within superconductors.  It is not related to paranormal phenomenon whatsoever.

There are those, however, who have speculated and theorized about there being an energy, which they have called quanta (not to be confused with Einstein’s labeling of light matter as quanta), that is responsible for a connectivity between all matter, living or otherwise.  It is, with a certain auspicious amount of ambiguity, this quanta that the Spud Pickle developers claim is measured by the Ghost Radar app.

How though? How does one measure an energy that no one has ever been able to prove exists.  In fact, the current state of quantum physics suggests that such an energy does not exist. It should be said that these people mentioned above, whom believe this energy exists, are not physicists, they are not physcial scientists and they are not well schooled in the various theories of quantum physics.

If such an energy exists, it remains laughable that the makers of the Ghost Radar I-phone app gained some miraculous understanding of a purely theoretical and fantastic idea of universal connectivity, there-by allowing them to program the application to measure this energy.  An energy that no one can prove even exists.  But for arguments sake, if we take for granted the idea that they did achieve this feat of physics mastery, are we supposed to now believe they found that the best way to proceed with this ground breaking research and knowledge was to make it into an i-phone app?

I suppose the Nobel Prize is much overrated these days.

I’ll suggest now, that if you don’t see the flaw in this situation, then you deserve to get caught in their scam and lose your hard earned money.


[1] See: http://www.spudpickles.com/GhostRadar

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60 Responses

  1. Rob Mohid says:

    If you’re going to comment about the limitatons of the iPhone’s hardware capabilities, please inform yourself before trying to pass off your pseudo scientific analysis as accurate.
    The ONLY way to generate TRUE random numbers is via quantum interaction. Quantum flux in this context has nothing to do specifically with magnetism but refers to the smallest possible variations of a field (electical, gravitationnal, magnetic, whatever) inherent to the nature of energy. An imperfect physical analogy would be the variations in brownian motion once you removed all external stimuli other than the thernal energy required for brownian motion to exist.
    Any source of white noise (a microphone, an antenna .. etc) can give you a way to measure quantum flux. Of course TRUE white noise is very difficult to produce and i suspect this app tries to approximate it  by stripping out any identifiable signal via software before feeding the pseudo-random signal to the word generator.
    That’s all
     

  2. Martin J. Clemens says:

    Thank you for your comment Mr. Mohid, however as you should be aware (judging by the relatively coherent nature of your post), quantum flux is a nonsense term adopted by many of the faces of junk science.

    I suspect that you know, as related to these devices, that “random” is only meant to describe the effect of clever computer programming that makes outputs appear random.  I don’t think anyone believed that I was speaking of truly random results.

    You are correct that this idea of Quantum Flux does not exclusively relate to magnetism, since magnetic fields are simply variations of electric fields etc.  The classical meaning of this now defunct term, relates to the measurement of (various types) of EM fields (including magnetism) within superconductors.

    If you want to hold me to a literal definition of the term, it would be: “the precise measurement of field fluctuations”.  And I suppose, in the strictest technological sense, considering the basic purpose of a cellular telephone, the I-phone would be capable of detecting and using such fluctuations, as defined so broadly, to provide seemingly random outputs. So, I’m caught. The I-phone can measure and provide outputs based on a more-than generalised definition of Quantum Flux.

    However, there is no value other than frequency and amplitude available in the measurement of fields, thus assigning a specific and repeatable word value to various measurements of any signal fluctuation, is entirely arbitrary to begin with.  Meaning, when these “designers” programmed the ‘app’ to provide a specific word output for any field value, they are not interpreting anything supernatural (quantum flux included). In fact, all they are doing is replacing the empirical value of the field measurement with a word (or any other arbitrary output).

    So, if we allow these broadened definitions of Quantum Flux, which I personally do not, then I suppose the issue could be construed to say, through some seriously convoluted word play, that what they claim is true; but only in the sense that the phone can provide a crude measure of various EM fields in its environment. Not that the outputs of such measurement with this application are related in anyway to ghosts, or any other such supernatural idea.

    The above, to anyone not educated in electronics, electrical theory, or the like, will make no sense whatsoever, hence my simplified and (admittedly) very slightly misleading description in the article itself. For those who may be confused, my assessment stands: the I-phone app – Ghost Radar – is not capable of doing what its designers claim.

  3. Rob Mohid says:

    The part where you are getting stuck is on the meaning of flux. In the broadest sense it is a measure of varaition over TIME. In an EM context it’s the variation(integration) of a vector for a finite surface. A frequency/amplitude pair is just a single vector, it completely neglects the extra dimention of time. To make an analogy. Suppose you have someone flip a coin, over and over. Over thousands of flips he will average about 50% of one type (heads) and 50% of the other. The more tosses he does, the closer that average will converge to 1 for 1. So you can say that the “quantum flux” for tossing a coin over and over is 1:1. Say over a hundered tosses, at some point he got 10 heads in a row. For that 10 toss window the flux is 10:1 , a signficant deviation from 1:1. It’s this deviation from the 1:1 mean over time that this app is measuring. Now suppose you had a grid of one hundered people tossing a coin over and over. If you could do this measument of every individual coin tosser your could map this disturbance in space. How exactly this app does this, I don’t know. I suppose any WiFi antenna with MIMO capability would be able to spacialize a specific reading. Perhaps the accelerometer on the iPhone has more than one sensor wich would allow spatialisation in the same way human ears can spatialise sounds…. honestly I don’t know. I’m not intimate enough with the insides of that device to rule it out and my grasp of meterial physics isn’t deep enough to rule out what’s possible to deduce or infer from the available sensors, either singly or used in combination. But I know enough to say that I can’t rule it out ;)

    • Martin J. Clemens says:

      Thank you, truly, for your input. Besides myself, I’m sure there are some readers out there who appreciate a more technical assessment. While at the same time, I’m equally sure there are many reader now scratching their heads, wondering just what you’re talking about.

      Of course, you know, the Spud Pickle designers were counting on that very divide for the success of their product.

      Thanks again, I hope you continue to visit the site.

  4. Rob Mohid says:

    PS, Spud (aka Jack Jones) does have degrees in physics as well as comp eng. So it would be safe to assume he knows a lot more then I do :)
     
    http://www.linkedin.com/in/jackwjones
     

  5. Rob Mohid says:

    On a different note, this type of discussion does sadden me.
    I’m not going to adress the merits of GR as it relates to the paranormal. I don’t think there’s any meaningful way to  adress the existance of the paranormal  in the same  way  a 17th century scientist can’t come to any meaningful conclusion about the existance of microwaves. The tools just didn’t exist yet to let them tackle that question.
     
    What I do find unfortunate is how the scientific method gets thrown out the door by skeptics when they are conftonted with a phenomenon they can’t explain.
     
     
    To return to my crude example about coin tossers. We have an understanding about how tossing a coin should behave. When we observe a coin tossing behavior that doesn’t fit in with what we expect it  should be doing,  it triggers one of three reactions.
    1) You dismiss the phenomenon as invalid and move on
    2) You make up a theory as to why this is happening
    3) You tear the phenomon apart to try to explain it
    All too oftern skeptics fall back on option #1 and rob us all at a chance learn something new. Wether a phenomenon is genuine or not is never an excuse to come to a conclusion without taking a second look.
    What does this have to do with GR? Probably nothing, but to come back to the coin tosser example. If I started flipping a coin and kept getting heads over and over again I would sure as hell would want to know why.
     
     

    • Martin J. Clemens says:

      I ‘m not certain if this was intended as an accusation or a starting point for further discussion. In either event, I feel compelled to point out that I am not, or rather I do not fit the popular definition of a Sceptic.

      You are correct, scepticism should embody the scientific method, especially in discussions of a paranormal nature. A Sceptical view should lead to greater understanding, not the current small-mindedness that seems to come from the fashionable Sceptic Clubs and groups of the internet age. I think you’re pingeonhole-ing a great many people who, while they may not be classically trained or educated in physics etc, are seeking answers. Products like Ghost Radar do not serve to increase our understanding of any real phenomenon, and its technical specifications, while interesting, are not really pertinent to the determination I have come to regarding its worth.

      Does Jack Jones, in all his wisdom, possess a heretofore unheard of understanding of the ways in which ghosts manipulate their environment via EM fields? No, he doesn’t, and there’s a very specific reason for that answer. He doesn’t have this understanding because ghosts (or whatever entity labelled in whatever manner) are completely undefined. No one, scientifically minded or not, can define what a ghost is without the use of an unjustified authority argument, and such a lack of understanding is the top reason (and possibly the only relevant reason) why devices like the Ovilus I and Spud Pickles Ghost Radar I-phone app are nothing more than toys. Or for the more conspiratorial among us, snake oil disguised as high technology.

      Again, I greatly appreciate your input, and as I want to believe that your comment was not meant as an accusation of any kind, I hope that you don’t find my response to be overly defensive.

  6. Rob Mohid says:

    No insult was intended.
    I just want to add that a phenomena exists independently of any rationale provided by a third party.
    The aurora borealis is significant in and of itself regardless if anyone told you that it was caused by ghosts. You can’t discard something because you didn’t like the explanation that came with it.
    I guess the only reason I’m bringing this up is because if GR was a genuine random number generator (which is what it would be if it does what it says it does)  that truly did use a quantum phenomenon as a source, (quantum phenomenon are unique as they can’t be fully controlled) … then having it output anything other than random crap would be genuinely  unexpected.
     
    But… that’s as far as I’m willing to investigate the matter.
    ps: If you’re willing to dig, this type of experiment has been tried before.
     

  7. Red says:

    The first time i used it, it said “don” “sorry” “pond” “accident” “i” “am ” “here” That was a very specific “fake random generation” When i was young I almost drowned in my grandfathers pond when we were walking and i slipped and fell in. he died a year later. how is that fake?

  8. Martin J. Clemens says:

    You’re making some broad and unfounded assumptions Red. First, you’re assuming that the makers of the app programmed it with the complete English dictionary, which is unlikely.  Even if they did, that’s still a finite number of words, and since you clearly are unfamiliar with the law of large numbers and statistical probabilities, it’s actually quite likely that the device could generate words that appear meaningful, even on the first attempt.

    Second, you are mistaken about the depth of the meaning, the app isn’t telling you to think of your childhood events, you are connecting those events with these results all on your own.  The words it “generated” are just words, they are completely without context and can therefore be correlated with virtually any event in nearly anyone’s life.  If a random number generator offered you a truly random 10 digit sequence, there is a 1 in 9999999999 chance that the provided number will be your current phone number.  Those odds are significantly better than your odds of winning the lottery.

    Clearly you were looking to prove me wrong, and if you’d like to believe that you have, feel free.  The event you mention seems to be unresolved for you emotionally; I recommend sitting down with someone in an effort to put it to rest.

  9. Rob Mohid says:

    Here’s some quick math
     
    The odds of winning the 6/49 lotto. (49 balls in a drum numbered 1-49, pull out six for the number)
    49 * 48 * 47 *46 * 45 * 44 = one in 10,068,347,520
    Odds of guessing a specific  xxx-yyy-xxxx type phone number = roughly one in 9,999,999,999 ( less than that since some combinations  are not allowed)
     
    given 26 letters in the english alphabet
    Using the built-in unix dictionary for reference, there are about 800 three letter words in english.
    Odds of a random number being one of the three letter English words
    ( 26 ^ 3) / 800 =  one in 21.97
    Odds of a random number being one of the four letter English words (about 2194 of them)
    (26 ^ 4) / 2194 = one in 208.28
    Odds of a random number being one of the five letter English words ( about 3169 of them)
    (26 ^ 5) / 3169 = one in 3749.25
     
    Odds of a random number being one of the eight letter English words ( about 3621 of them)
    (26 ^ 8) / 3621 = one in 57,671,103
     
    To have the odds of have three SPECIFIC, three letter english words in a row, you would multiply the values
    21.97 x 21.97 x 21.97 = one in 10604
    To have the odds of getting any three letter English words in a row  (I think) you add the odds together
    21.97 + 21.97 + 21.97 = one in 65.91
     
    Not sure about the adding part, but you see how that goes.
     
    If I had to figure out the odds of getting three English words in a row of type subject-verb-complement … it would be really complicated :)
     
    I’m pretty sure GR has a dictionary built-in because it needs to guess which number is a word and which one is not.
     
    I’m sure someone who uses stats on a daily basis could clean up some issues with my match but I’m confident you get the idea.
     
     
     

  10. Martin J. Clemens says:

    Thank you Mr. Mohid, this of course is assuming GR has a complete dictionary.  It could very well be equipped with a large number of “buzz” words, that were deemed by the engineer to have special significance for the app.

  11. Ken says:

    I’ll be honest, I have been working in the field of paranormal investigation for 20+ years, and I remain unconvinced of the usefulness of almost all of the technology we use in investigations. For instance, the holy grail of investigation is an EMF detector. I have been to many sites that are haunted and many that are not. I have been involved in situations where activity is constant, and many inwhich there is no activity. EMF detectors have not indicated the presence of spirits in any cases I have had, and they have gone of at odd times in nonhaunted locations.
    Similarly, I have seen very little convicing evidence from cameras, and video recorders. I have been impressed with some EVPs, but I do not know the situation inwhich the evp was taken, so I can not say that there was no pollution, intentional or otherwise. I agree that we are being inundated with a lot of new technology, that really doesn’t make sense, particularly since it is being developed to “prove” something that we do not understand. If we knew the composition of ghosts, or could predict their mannerisms, then we could develop tools to detect them. I think all investigators need to rely on their own observations, and not overly rely on equipment that may or may not work, or may only work sometimes.

  12. Melinda says:

    Who, exactly, decided that a “spirit”…”Ghost”…”Intelligent Energy”…Whatever you may refer to it as, is unable to manipulate any piece of electrical equipment? Who, exactly, decided it was strength in equipment that determines wheather or not paranormal activity exists in a specific area? Why is it the “equipment” is to be stronger than that of an unknown entity we actually know less about than technology? I believe we (referring to intelligent man/women kind) would be slightly ignorant to believe (if you believe) it is the equipment doing the work in the instance of suspected interaction with intelligent energy. I am a believer in the “Paranormal” – meaning the “Not Normal”…I believe (if you were to assign a generally familiar numeric value) 9 out of 10 “paranormal” claims could be explained (not proven). I truly know nothing about the scientific aspect of creating or identifying any piece of equipment to be of value to the paranormal world…I have only a high school diploma, but carry the intelligence to know that to underestimate technology is one thing…Techology is “controllable” as we create and evolve it…but to underestimate a potentially intelligent energy we cannot see with our eyes, and honestly know nothing about is more absurd than any of the above conversations. If an energy is strong enough; and truly intelligent, why would it not be able to accurately manipulate anything…especially a piece of equipment that literally operates upon energy…? We can debate science and tecihnology all day; but who has the answers for the truly intelligent, unseen forms that have tried communicating with people out to disprove every aspect of their potential existence? I believe this app, along with any other pieces of possible “investigative tools” could be used as a communication mechanism for any true intelligent energy that may exist; and it would honestly fall upon that of the user to determine weather or not there is any “meaning” behind the activity. Thank you for reading :)

  13. Eric Ryder says:

    How about looking at this from a different perspective?  Perhaps the Ghost Radar app is a vehicle that “ghosts” can tap into to communicate, if they want?  I used it for the second time, at 5 AM this morning when I heard some strange noise in my bedroom.  I’ve heard them before, and they are not explainable.  I turned on the app and within seconds, it threw out “special… younger… girl… French… southern… funny”.  At that moment, due to playing a song called Behind the Wheel by Depeche Mode over and over again right before bed, I had that song playing in the back of my mind.  The song starts with “My little girl…”.  Depeche is a French word.  Sounds a little “funny” – sort of like “special”. De-pesh… spesh.  Not sure where “southern” comes in, but… that’s pretty coincidental, no?  I understand I can make anything fit to anything, but… there is a limit to what is going on in your life and around you at any given moment.  If it said “cheeseburger… water… balloon”, I would be hard pressed to put that into my life.

  14. Rob Mohid says:

    If you want to be scientific about it, once you have a phenomenon that is interesting you need to formulate a theory to explain it, at least in part.
    Until that happens there isn’t anything to debate.
    You can state “I saw X fall from the sky”, once it’s been established the process moves on to “So why did X fall from the sky ?”
    So them you make a theory “Someone dropped it from an airplane”
    And then you try to shoot that theory down.
    If the theory gets shot down you make another one, and the process repeats until you have something that can’t be shot down.
     
    Doesn’t mean your theory is good, it just means that no one can find a way to shoot it down… yet.
    Ultimately our ability to shoot down a theory is constrained by the technological limitations of what we can measure at a certain point in time.

  15. Jason C says:

    I have used this app on my android. There have been 3 instances that I can’t explain. I turned it on when i went out last week and first word it said was “city”. It just so happens that I went out to the city that night. And, I have to point out that I am married with a kid, I never get the chance to go out. Another time, I had just got out of the shower and dried off, went in to dress and I forgot I left the GR app on and as soon as I got to the phone, it said “dried”. Another time, I was falling asleep in the living room. I have a pet fish in my bedroom and I had my GR app going on my phone. It said, “pet” “angry” “seen”. Turns out, I didn’t feed the fish yet and was falling asleep. When the beta fish isn’t fed, he always flares his gills forward. A beta fish is also called a japanese fighting fish..the males are very aggressive and have an attitude, lol. The last instance I can recall, I was watching TV and it said, “Japan” “handle” “disaster” and so I decided to turn CNN on to see if there was something going on related to Japan..that is when I discovered the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear issue. Makes you wonder. My personal feeling is that the device is being manipulated by entities surrounding you and they relate what they want to through the energy of the electronic device.

  16. AuntRainey says:

    Not once did this ever respond with an intelligent answer to any of my questions. I listened to it for 3 days, and wrote down each word it said. Then after 3 days, I put these words in order by how many times they were generated.  What a waste of money.

  17. Rob Mohid says:

    If I had unlimited resources I would try and leverage existing technologies to make something that would actually provide useful information.
    Some say EVP’s are interesting. I’d make a device with two or more microphones that would let you find out where the noise came from (spatially).
    * Did more than one mike pick up the sound? If so, that’s significant.
    * You could isolate the background noise from the other mikes to cleanup the EVP signal.
    * What if we use microphones that were FAR more sensitive then the human ear, do we pick up anything interesting?
    All of this can be done with twenty year old tech. I bet you could build something like this with off the shelf parts, usb microphones and custom software from a decent programmer. Maybe even a bright high-school kid.
     
    If i was filthy rich I’d look into making an emf detector on steroids that would let me spatialise EMF readings to some extent. It might even be possible to make something that you gives you a realtime view of all the emf sources in a field of view. That way you could see the shape of the source of your readings, see it move and maybe find stuff you weren’t even looking for.  Like radar, but passive.
    Something like this would probably require half a dozen PhD’s, a few million bucks and the resources of a multinational company.

  18. Martin J. Clemens says:

    Rob, have you read my article regarding the function of sound waves and common microphones?

    If not, you might find it interesting.

  19. Rob Mohid says:

    Good article
    I have to wonder if the EVP phenomenon is actually recording sound at all or if the recording medium itself is being directly tampered with.
    You can have visual impressions that don’t require light (hallucinations/dreams) so I could conceive of auditory impressions that don’t involve sound.

  20. Brittney K. says:

    I must admit, while using the ghost radar I wonder if it is just an app with a radar for effects and words that are spontaneously announced, but I’ve had some pretty interesting interactions.  I live in an old, really, really, old, part of town and when I asked the ghost who made their presence known if they were from Old Colorado City, they said “remain”.  It made me a little sad. My ghosts, call themselves “Mark” and “John” and said the word “fellow”, I think they’re friends. Their dots on the radar are always behind me and they say stuff like “family” “unit” “shoulder” “hold”, they seem to be really nice guys.
    Further more, after reading all of the intellectual banter above between the two yahoo’s up there (: I  believe in my device, but with a healthy dose of skepticism.  I am a Junior in college and really, when it comes to rhetoric it is so hard to prove anything exists, even our physical word.  So go ahead and do what you’re going to do and believe what you want to believe, our brains are only experiencing a billionth of our reality anyways.  AND That’s why you will here of a million scientific theories and never a million scientific facts.
     

  21. Karen J. says:

    It seems ludicrous that a paranormal website that wants to be taken seriously is getting involved in malefic discussion of an iPhone app that is ->Intended For Entertainment Only<- .  I think its time to get over yourselves, boys.

  22. mika65 says:

    are the words “for entertainment purposes” entirely lost on you?

  23. Mrs. W. says:

    I know there has to be some kind of a trick here, but for the life of me I cannot figure it out.  A nurse I work with had this on his phone.  We went into the report room to check it out as he said it showed a lot of activity in there the other night.  While he and I sat there chatting the app started saying different unimportant words.  Then all of a sudden it said “Jonathon.”  That’s my son’s name, and it spelled it the way I spell it.  That was shortly followed by “principal.”  My son’s wife happens to be a middle school principal.  It really spooked me out.  Surely there has to be some logical explanation for this.  Could my co-worker have manipulated something?

  24. Scott says:

    I am a paranormal investigator and have been for years. I did buy this app for entertainment only. I would never think of taking this on an investigation. I believe when you purchase it, it does say entertaiment purposes. My team has caught Shadow people on film. We have gotten many clear EVP’s. I can understand skeptism in that catagory as well, however, we do not run around all the time like they show on TV. I keep the groups to no more than 3 people to control the enviroment. Generally speaking. I don’t think we will ever know much about spirits in our lifetime. When I discuss the paranormal, I always start out with “In theory”

  25. tnb2 says:

    Indeed I am skeptical of a device that does throw out random words… it truly is like the Astronomy section of the newspaper – “you might have a bad day today, but things should be fine in a few days.” And suppose you kicked your toe in the corner of the couch… coincidence? The only thing not coincidental is the cash raked in by the writers. Suppose 1 in 1000 people buys the app and it gets something semi-decodable, like “eat”, “left”, “clean” and you happened to have a clean fork on the left of the table you’re sitting at – now we’ve got a testimonial. That person will say how awesome the app is – another 1000 people buy it, we have our second testimonial and it keeps going – you generally tell an average of 9 people that you like something. Can you see how the testimonials rack up?

  26. Johnny Boy says:

    Guys, GR is real!  I totally used it for the first time a few hours ago in my creepy apartment (of which recovered from a major fire before I moved there).  Immediately I got a ton of blips all around me saying IN ORDER: “YOU” “WILL” “DIE”

    Well, if I don’t post anything tomorrow, you’ll know why!  

  27. Stevhan says:

    Here’s how I feel. I find the concept of the paranormal more than fascinating. I’d LOVE to have hard proof even if I’m the only person who sees it. Time is wasted fighting to prove something to the world. If it’s real, in time, it will reveal itself. That being said, my father told me about this app during a discussion about the paranormal and how cool it would be to know that ghosts exist and i downloaded it just for fun cause I work nights in the army (if you’ve been there, you know it can be boring). When I first got it, I was getting off shift and some friends and I spent about an hour “breaking” the app. Finding out how easy it was to disprove it. It said it measures vibrations so we took a rifle, a big container, set the phone on it and beat it with a rifle (your tax dollars at work). It picked up the direction the vibration was coming of being that I set the phone up parallel to a crease in the box and the blip appeared in the direction the box was being hit from. So that was neat, but it also says that if you’re fat enough to shake a surface when you walk, you’re paranormal and it just wants people to look at you and go “WOOOOOW.” Then the comical side appeared and when a sergeant of mine walked up who is kinda crazy it blipped in his direction and said “nuts.” and I nodded in total agreement. Though funny, it’s also true, I just don’t think it proves anything. It also blipped in the direction of a blackhawk helicopter and said “Tie” so I checked it out and there was a blade tie down on the helicopter. Disproved because I’m pretty sure unless that ghost was a helicopter mechanic while he was alive, he doesn’t know what a blade tie down is. It blipped in the direction of some hazmat containers and said “tag” so I checked that out. Sure enough, there was a red tag sitting in a hazmat bucket that wasn’t supposed to be there and I disproved it because I don’t think that app knows what the heck a red tag is or if it should or should not be there. so I was very skeptical about it’s ability to determine paranormal activity.  So then the next night came and I turned the app on at the start of my shift, turned on a movie and started working. about 10pm, in the middle of a report i was typing, the app said “duty.” Well I was ON DUTY, but so were thousands of other people in the army. no proof there. Shortly after (about 10 minutes) I was eating some skittles, forgot my basic motor skills, and choked on them. after recovering from my dramatic experience, it said “Throat” and I was thinking maybe it heard me caughing? Before I finished the thought though it said “Exist” (recall the reason I downloaded the app) and then “mill” right after that. The mill part is what got me. The Mill is my church group that I haven’t been able to go to for the past 4 weeks cause I’ve been in a training exercise. My pastor leaves soon as well and I really want to see him before he heads out. So to be honest, I’m testing it again tonight and so far, it hasn’t done anything credible. my sergeant was yelling at it trying to get the “ghost to talk” (which was comical) and kept messing with the settings so an accurate reading (provided it works) was out of the question. It did tell me “Education” “Important” “Generally” and that only further proves that it may be programed to say inspirational messages but also I’m trying to get some school done while I’m in the army sooo…I dunno. I believe that from a scientific stand point, it’s being torn apart because of what it is: an app for smart phones. However, I do believe equally, if not more, that the paranormal can control a device. like one of you crazy smart guys said, energy cannot be destroyed, only manipulated or w/e. if everything has energy in it due to chemical reactions and what not, why can’t that be manipulated by a being of pure energy? I look at proving it like trying to have the most simple connect-the-dots puzzle ever. you want 1 or 2 lines for it to be something believable. if you have to draw a whole spider web (or a whole sebastion the crab from the lil mermaid) just to connect the paranormal phrase to something then it’s not very believable on the account of you tried too hard. If the paranormal require energy to be able to exist, why would it waste it on some meaningless phrase? if it’s going to say something, it’ll be important and significant and relative to the person(s) it’s speaking to and that probably has to do with it’s purpose wherever it is. These are just my thoughts on the paranormal. as for the app, i don’t see why it can’t be manipulated by a ghost or spirit.

  28. Joyce K. says:

    I agree with Melinda (March 22, 2011) “We can debate science and technology all day; but who has the answers for the truly intelligent, unseen forms that have tried communicating with people out to disprove every aspect of their potential existence?…”  I am so tired of all the “scientific” evidence of this and that trying to prove that it “is or isn’t”. There are many things we don’t understand (and never will) Science believes everything has to have a “scientific explanation” – wrong again!  For some things there are no explanations – they just are as they were created. I just recently got this APP and thought also that it was probably a random generator of some sort but would be fun anyway. However, the first time I used it my sister and I were in the kitchen discussing her reading of the Books of Enoch; my phone was in the dining room and it gave three words – Wise- Understanding- Knowledge. So, according to you – those were just random words that just happen to fit? I don’t think so. There have been many times the words generated fit exactly with the situation or circumstance. I just want to mention a testimony of another user, the APP spelled her name, Kacee, what odds of random generation  would your mathematical mind give that?  True, some word groups I don’t understand the meaning of but that doesn’t mean that there “isn’t? a meaning.  Don’t judge because it doesn’t fit “your scientific knowledge”  All things are possible.

  29. Alvin says:

    so much for all the technical, scientific, intelligent conversations stated herein.  at the end of the day you are all sure that you dont know everything.  for a small price you get be entertained, amused and awed.. nevermind if its real or fake, bogus or not… big deal… move on, cause life is short.  have fun and enjoy your life.

  30. doro says:

    you are wrong about physics! there are new theories that basically prove some of einsteins calculations wrong!!!!!!!!

  31. jess says:

    I completely believe in ghosts, for my own personal reasons. I downloaded this app 3 days ago. I didnt believe it could detect ghosts.. and for me, using an app like this is a like mailing a letter, when i could just pick up a phone..

    at any rate, i got it because people were spending their money on it, believing it worked.. They believe so much that they get 3 words in an day, that just might apply to them and find a way to make it work, and sucking other people in to the scam. I HATE to see people scammed,

    So, i downloaded the full version. True, there have been some minor coincidences.. like today, picking up my son at school.. it said brick structure, bus. HOWEVER, i have the last few days worth of logs that make no sense,

    now, after looking at the logs, and marking the “coincidences” i have decided it works several ways. one is i believe it has a crawler… lol which cracks me up becuase it loves to say “spider”. so, while it has a wifi connection… it crawls for words.. offline, it uses what it has.. and more rapidly…

    why i say rapidly, is at home on my wi fi, i get very little.. or on anyone elses wi fi.. it times itsself. i have timed it at 15 minutes for 3 to 7 words.. on hour for 10 to 15. so, basically, connected to a wifi.. on the itouch..
    so, while it is on wifi, it uses it resources to crawl for words.. todays mobile devices are mobile computers, and they have to wait for cpu time.. so, the app uses that to crawl…

    when it doesnt have a wifi connection. it goes nuts, but is very repeititous… and all the words are linked some what.. ie “write” “sheet” “paper”. that is becuase it’s time isnt devoted to crawling but output… when it talks more the random words coincidently meet at times.

    two, it has limited use of the camera, and motion of the phone.. hence it saying clock when i first downloaded it, and was standing next to.. a clock!

    people think this isnt possible with a cell phone.. heads up people programming is no longer like your old tandy with hundreds of lines of code. it’s actually pretty simple to do.

    I do believe that spirits can mess with electronics, but the ghost radar is an entertaining scam. :) maybe a lone spirit has the energy to say ONE word.. are you really going to be able to find THAT word in 20 ? :)

    I cant prove it has a crawler or how it works, but from the patterns i have seen it makes sense.
    anyway, hope this helps.. :)
    J.

  32. terry says:

    I agree with you 100%.  However, I really like the entertainment value of this app.
    Was in Gettysburg a while back with my friend “Bess.”  Found a nice stick I was going to sand and polish to use as a walking stick.  Stick was in back seat resting comfortable while we were driving home.  Bess has Ghost Radar on her phone and turned it on.  Don’t you know, that thing picked up several word including: moving, speed, traveling.
    Well, Bess went nuts.  She was so scared because she was absolutely convinced that stick was talking to us.  Had to pull over and throw it out.  No walking stick for me.
    BUT, what a great way to entertain myself.  I have asked her to turn on Ghost Radar many times since that fateful encounter – always when we go to Gettysburg, at parties, in the car, whenever.  
    She is amazed that the ghosts (or sticks) are talking to her, and I get the best belly laughs!!!!

    True story 

  33. Sean says:

    ok i see all the arguments and skeptics who lean one way or the other..whether it be a science/physics professional or just plain ghost believers with weird occurrences..i have no science physics or science background but i have proof ghost radar works.. because of the fun i had with the app and doing ghost investigations for fun on the side i wrote the theme song for the app which came out pretty funny and well suited i think lol…but i would ask the skeptics to do easy experiments..record real audio for evps while using the ghost radar and  see what happens..cause i have a few evps of either right before or after the ghost radar says the word a disembodied voice is heard saying the same word…so science this science that..science hasn’t proven everything..not even close to everything out there..somehow ghost radar works..plain and simple..the dictionary only has 2048 words i believe just like the ovilus ..so its not the entire dictionary..though the ovilus has a “phonetic mode” in which the spirit can speak in full sentences if it figures it out..i actually used the ghost radar at the sametime as the new ovilus x and on 2 occasions within 2 days they both said the same word at the same dam time..how would that happen hmm??..i think as these devices increase the vocabulary there will be more and more instances of strange happenings and more proof in the direction of it working..so we shall see! 

  34. Mike stein says:

    Let me just start off by saying I would consider myself of sound and rational mind I
    Im an it engineer during the weekends I love to dabble in chemestry creating and disttoying covalent bonds. I also dabble with mycology creating perfectly sterile mastered cultures to study clone and study. I’m also always trying to further understand physics and biology.
    The writer of this article is corect when he explains the math that provides odds and ratios of a possible numerical match. Math and science can literilily explain everything. But even with the laws of physics there are exceptions i.e counter weights, non linear equations etc..
    My wife came home with a creapy little app on her I phone called ghost radar she turned it on and a few random words/names came up as I was laughing at this. I then explained to her that this is some kind so random word generator. So being the investigative type I began to recearch the app and came to the same conclusion as the writer on the quantom flux mumbo jumbo. So I was explaining to my wife no such technology exsists, she than turned on the app I made a sarcastic joke about how we should record her little session. The next word to come from the generator was “record” .  
    I must admit I was taken aback by this because statistcally the odds of that happening at random are about 1 in 20,000. Impressive such a thing would happen after five minutes of observation. 
    I would guess it must have programed phishing codes or voice activated responses that sre preprogrammed.
    We need some one who can dissect the softweres codes to find out if the output is even truthfully random as possible. Deffinetly turn off location service before downloading maybe there is a non mobile ver out there, ill try to hack the codes and get back to everyone
     On my future findings. 
    In conclusion if I am wrong on this one there are a lot of people walking around with ouija bords in their pockets who know little to nothing about the occult as I.
    Hope I’m wrong something’s is kinda creapy about it

     

  35. Vic says:

    My husband showed me this App yesterday. A friend of his tried it in the basement of a very old hotel and it came up with “fire” –of course he asked the hotel and was told someone died in a fire there (figures).  My husband downloaded the app for fun. I assumed it was a random word generator. We played with it for a while and got a couple of strings of random-appearing words. Later in the evening we sat down with my very attractive niece at a restaurant and was showing her the app.  We left it on while we were talking and I was pretty surprised it came up with a series of fairly sexual words in this order:  “rubbed …Dick….  hole…. quick… bear” (assuming…bare).  Certainly the program could be set up to occasionally send out some less-random, related words.  We left the restaurant and were looking for a movie theater and turned the app back on. I asked my hubby which direction we should turn. GR immediately said “left” which incidentally was the incorrect direction. We were driving 40 mph when I turned it on and I thought it shouldn’t be able to interpret anything at that speed (thus proving it couldn’t be doing anything). After the movie I was discussing how inappropriate the app was to throw out all the sexual stuff and the word “hearing” came up. So the question I have, really, is whether this app was well-designed to listen to the conversations around it and come up with some related-sounding words in addition to trying to leave a few choice words periodically OR is it an actual attempt at looking for changes in the environment around the phone. If it was designed as a scam product it does a pretty good job and is fun to play with. If it is an actual attempt to locate changes in the environment around it then it is very interesting and deserves a 2nd look.  Certainly random words can generate which we would naturally use to look around and find coincidental meaning. This is how some of the people who claim to talk to ghosts work (ie “I’m thinking of someone whose name starts with M…” to an audience full of people who at least several would have a dead relative whose name starts with “m”). It is the nature of the human mind to create connections between what we do and see as part of the normal processing of the brain. We look for patterns and interpret them in an attempt to create meaning in everything we do. If enough random words are generated than a few will be meaningful, including some strings of words (particularly if they are “grouped together” by a program).  However, if this app was an actual crude attempt to locate changes in the energy environment around us and not designed to just look that way, then maybe sometimes it is actually picking something up. The study of the paranormal is young and our understanding of time is so limited. I would love to hear more input from scientists doing legitimate study of the paranormal. If the app can truly correspond to other devices being used at the same time then it requires a second look.

  36. Bill says:

    This review is too funny. Basically, you are saying that this app does ACTUALLY detect ghosts. But, since ghosts don’t actually exist (at least no one is able to prove they exist), wouldn’t the same argument be true for any devise?  

  37. carol says:

    I love this app i have been able to communicate with my cousin and it has told me things only me and her have had a discussion about. I asked it if i could contact her, it then asked me for a photo i laid  her photo on the table and it said coming
    and then it starting saying things only  me and her talked about years ago i was freaked out

  38. ec says:

    “…The event you mention seems to be unresolved for you emotionally; I recommend sitting down with someone in an effort to put it to rest.”

    Wow. Kind of a condescending SOB, aren’t ya? Now you’re a therapist?  

  39. Christin says:

    seems pretty legit to me. i went into an antique store that used to be a hotel back in the lumberjack days across from what used to be michigans most brutal bar. many men would get drunk, beat up horribly, and then go to the hotel and die there over night, or commit suicide. my friend and i went in there with the app and after we had it  on for a while it got used to the surroundings and gave some pretty creepy responses, and it would only happen when i stood in a certain spot. i later went back to the spot, asked if the ghost was still there, and all of a sudden, the device said my name! i looked down and there was my name spelled out on the device, it was spelled with a k, not c, but im sure thats the closest that dictionary had to my name. i was so scared i just ran. what were the chances of that thing saying my name??? after only being up there for ten minutes? i believe this device must somehow be efficient enough at least for spirits to work with it. i dont know how well the radar really works, but i did have 2 red dots surrounding me right when it said my name.

  40. simmersimmer says:

    quantum flux? nah… red and green blips and you seriously believe that those things are ghosts? I dont think it detects anything, maybe some EM interference or proximity indicator signals. It might even read your mails or sms or photos or calendars for clues as to what to “speak”

    In any case, do we really have the tech to detect immaterial objects or ghosts or beings from a non material dimension?

    Having said that, if you really  want to communicate with entities, they dont really need some high tech stuff to connect to you. Just a piece of paper, an moving indicator and a YES or NO  drawn on the paper is good enough.  

    Its not the blips or the supposedly advanced quantum flux technology the app boasts off. Its actually the stuff it reads out randomly that you should think about. I’m saying this as a science teacher as well as the head of IT dept.  Unless you have addtional sensors on your smartphone, it should not be able to predict contextual facts within your environment, particularly from a distance. For example, if you are next to  canteen, it should not say “Food” or “Dishes” or “Hungry” or if a Design teacher casually walks past you, it should not say things like “Draw” or “picture” and more importantly, be able to make such predictive word suggestions over say a extended period of time. 

    Thats my experience with it. I suppose it works for some and not for others. 

  41. Unfunsara says:

    Hi, For fun my sister and I downloaded the app.  I will admit there are some times where words have popped up that made sense.  However, when you have multiple devices (Iphones, Ipads, etc.)  going at the same time right next to each other, not one of them will have same words, or hovering red dots which you would think if the ghost where talking the devices would have the same words or red ghost spots.  Not scientific in my tests but pretty sure a random computer program made to spout out words and dots.  hahaha  try it yourself if you are fortunate enough to have several devices handy at the same time.  

  42. Chrissy says:

    I had mine on next to my friends and we didnt always get the same word readings BUT we did keep getting dots in the same exact places, so it must be doing something right, somehow. And i noticed it does unique things sometimes. When im in my room, it says nothing. Even up to a half hour or so, but when i do go to supposedly haunted haunted places like graveyards, it does unique things like spitting out lots of names. When i went by baby graves it said young, one, daddy, and lamb, and baby graves have lambs on them. And multiple times it said the name of a grave i was standing RIGHT next to, like james, edward and cathy. We tried “talking” to edward and many farm related words came up and some of our questions were answered directly, so if we really were talking to ed i think he was a farmer. Anyways, i really have had too many coincidences to believe that spirits cant use this SOMEHOW. I admit it does have many out of context readings (may just be when certain energies or loose wires or something set it off, but i dont really know), but sometimes, like in the cemetaries (maybe when it actually DOES encounter spirits) this thing is on a roll!

  43. rafael says:

    this app must had something…. because today turn on gr and it gime two especific word that “christian”an i asked who is!! it say “brother” so is true i havea brother called christian its creapy

  44. Nicole says:

    Thank you Ken and Melinda~
    The message ( I think) I got from you is … Proving the accuracy of the GR app can be compared to proving whether or not tarot cards are “real or fake”
    Do you agree?
     

  45. CJ says:

    Really, who cares if it’s a “real” detector or not??? It’s a fun toy – like Angry Birds or Stupid Zombies or DYAC!  Anyone who takes most app as more than that is in for a life of hard lessons! Lighten up & enjoy!!!

  46. bajahaha says:

    I was just at an old german bar thats been in buisiness since 1958. I was alone so not speaking except for ordering my beers. Out of seven words,were included  “Harry and Germany”. I plan on going back this week to ask the owners if those words have any significance…And have more beers.  ;)

  47. Kayci says:

    It’s funny, he missed the truely important thing, the Ghost Radar Classic app is free on most phones now. You do not have to spend any money to have the app in the first place.

    Seems to me that the kid who ruined Santa Clause in school for everybody, never grew out of spoiling things.  

  48. Craddock says:

    I’m extremely skeptical of the ghost radar app myself, wither it just spouts out random “readings” and shouts out relate words or if it is real. BUT, the app is labeled for entertainment, and that’s what it is. Something to occupy your time with. I enjoy messing around with it with a few buddies and think there is nothing wrong with that.
     

  49. Kevin says:

    Hey guys just thought I would add my input to this lengthy conversation.  Judging from a plethora of different accounts and incidents from this website and several others, scientific theorem aside, something is definitely going on. I take into account the fact that a random word generator if left on for long enough would eventually get you to identify with a phrase or words. However, the fact that it is happening so often is what one really needs to look into.  From what I’ve read this app goes beyond the operation of simply recording and/or listening to the environment as multiple people here and on other sites have specifically stated that GR would say words that only they knew about or could identify with…such as the lady who got her son’s name and spelled exactly how it was (oddly enough, Jonathon). Please note the probability of this happening would far exceed any reasonable explanations. Now, going off of string theory, it is pretty easy for me to assume that at least one of these dimensions would house some sort of energy. At the end of the day how much empirical evidence does one need to conclude that we are blatantly not aware of extrasensory perceptions? If TV shows and complete societies such as TAPS are not credible enough to then I really do wonder how far human denial goes. I believe in around 50-100 years this discovery will be scientifically confirmed. 

  50. Erwin says:

    One can skip the electronics and technical crap. A simple wooden ouija board and a good degree of sincerity to want to communicate should be enough.  I’ve encountered this silly app positively identifying stuff and people in my environment (a few meters to 30 meters away) with the cam faced down and no conversations in the background.   I’ve deleted the app completely. No thanks… not prepared to go that far.

  51. Rolling Eyes LOL says:

    Like a previous poster said, the app is cheap entertainment. Nothing more and nothing less. Fake or not.

    In my opinion…

    Anyone who would research and/or argue the scientific principles and theory behind 99 cent app can’t be very intelligent.

    Get a life guys! :)

  52. 54321 says:

    I know this app is for entertainment purposes, but there have been more responses that actually relate to my surroundings.
    A few months ago I was with a friend and we were using the Ghost Radar: Legacy app, and since I am a firm believer in ghosts, I thought it would be fun just to see what happens. My friend and I asked its name and all that, and it gave about 4 names, but 1 of the names was repeated many more times than the other names over the course of several days (I cannot for the life of me remember what the name was). The name turned out to be my friend’s grandfather’s name, whom she had never met. I also asked what my name was, and the app responded with my last name, which I didn’t think too highly of since my last name is a color haha:)
    One time I was in my living room, and it barely said anything for a while, but then it said “cat”, my cat was laying on the floor in the same room. It then said “brother” and my brother had literally just left the room and was walking up the stairs when it said that. I was a bit freaked out, but another situation was even more coincidental.
    I was sitting on the floor in my living room, and the app said “come”. I asked where it wanted me to go. It honestly took me aback when it automatically replied “kitchen”, since I wasn’t expecting it to actually tell me where to go. I got up and I walked into my kitchen, and proceeded to ask what in the kitchen it wanted me to see or do. It said “keys”. I instantly knew where to go – we hang our keys on one of the handles on a cupboard in the kitchen. I turned and went to that cupboard and asked, What about the keys? It responded automatically with “eleven”. At first I was confused, but then I counted the keychain, and there were exactly 11 items on the keychain. I totally freaked out. Half an hour later it said, “Betsey” spelled just like that, and I was like, Betsey who? It said after a few minutes “Johnson”. My sister has a Betsey Johnson bag in her room.
    These could all be the most accurate coincidences ever, but it definitely had me convinced for a time haha!

  53. Oh, the absurdity of a proponent of a pseudoscience insulting something good because it is based of pseudoscience. Throw in a tone of feigned intellectual superiority belittling the reader and different camps of your pseudoscience and then you have this article. Here’s an interesting going thought. My phone has a metal detector app that works, a temperature guage that works, a microphone and seismometer that works, a light sensor that works, and my front facing camera even scans my eyes as I read to tell if I am looking at the screen so it should determine to shut the screen off or not to save battery power. Now a proponent of “ghost hunting” would say that something as simple as a light bulb, or even thin air can be manipulated to communicate. A proponent of “ghost hunting” would also say that often electronic devices have been manipulated by “spirits”. Why wouldn’t they simply take advantage of all of the many awesome sensors on a phone? But sure… The thing about the pseudoscience camp is that because it’s not based of tangible proof one putz can claim another schmuck’s device or method is moronic when the very method or device that they champion itself is unproven – not to mention the entire “science” to which they both belong. But perhaps what is most asinine about this article is that the article is entitled “buyer beware” and you go into great care warning people not to get swindled – by a free freaking app.

    • Martin J. Clemens says:

      Asinine is it? The app was not free at the time of writing, but that’s beside the point. Are you saying that, because some people believe “spirits” can manipulate electronic devices to communicate, this somehow validates the ridiculous claim that Ghost Radar can do what people claim it can?

      Clearly you’re trying to insult someone, though it’s not clear who that someone is…whether it’s me, or the pseudoscientists, or the ghost hunters or whomever, doesn’t really matter. Since you obviously didn’t understand the point of the article, I’ll simply close by pointing out that the word is “titled”. If it were “entitled” you would owe it something. Jackass.

  54. diane powell says:

    Am still looking for an explanation of all the numbers, dashes, etc mean? also the various colors and vacinities of the ‘spirits’ meanings?dpowell

  55. Rob says:

    Would love to know what could be used, really interested in investigating the paranormal to prove or disprove things I have heard and seen,I am one to find an explanation to prove or disprove why something happens. what trusted, tried and true equipment would you recomend. Thank you

  56. Jason M. says:

    Ghost Radar or any app that claims (with the legal caveat) to be capable of utilizing the iPhone’s sensors to “detect” ghosts is a scam; a scam built from sample Tesla meter API documentation Apple offers to developers for free as a way to understand how to call the data from the device’s motion sensors.

    The fraud perpetrated by opportunistic developers should not overshadow the technical capabilities of the iPhone and iPad’s sensors. Apps like the MagnetMeter, which visualize the magnetic field and its vector relative to the phone, aren’t even catering to people curious about paranormal phenomenon…yet have provided a tool much more useful than any of crappy ‘ghost’ apps and their lazy copycatting.

    Worse still? Many are charging for a badly produced version of a tesla meter, when you can find all kinds of cool, free apps that provide readouts of the magnetometer, gyroscope, etc.

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