Sunday, August 14, 2011

Review of Ghost Radar app for Android

We've been playing around with the free Ghost Radar app for Android devices for a couple of months now. You might be wondering how it works. Here's what the company that made it says:
Ghost Radar is a portable application designed to detect paranormal activity. Currently supported portable devices include the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, BlackBerry and Android devices. Ghost Radar attempts to detect paranormal activity by using various sensors on the device on which it is running. Like traditional paranormal detecting equipment Ghost Radar employs sensors that measure electromagnetic fields, vibrations, and sounds. However, traditional paranormal equipment can be easily fooled when simple mundane bursts of normal electromagnetic fields, vibrations and sounds occur. Ghost Radar sets itself apart by analyzing the readings from sensors giving indications only when interesting patterns in the readings have been made.
Ghost Radar employs a proprietary algorithm to analyze the quantum flux. This application does NOT detect EMF nor gravity. Readings for various sensors are analyzed to detect QUANTUM Fluctuations. Interpretations of the sensor readings are displayed graphically as blips on the radar along with numeric and textual readouts on the VOX. Use your Ghost Radar to hunt for odd changes in the flux. Hunters of all types may find anomalous areas of their environment where readings simply can't be explained. You be the judge. Are the results of your hunting evidence of paranormal activity?
The theory of what is happening is that intelligent energy can be made aware of their ability to influence the sensors of the mobile device. The various readouts are an interpretation of certain readings from the sensors. An intelligent energy should be able to influence the readouts and communicate with you. What those readings mean and how you interpret them is up for debate.
You can find out more about it on the company site,

The first time we tried to use it, we had some amazing results. We were checking out a local cemetery (DISCLAIMER: We were there during the OPEN hours. Please ALWAYS follow the posted rules of places you investigate!) Both Michael and I figured the app was just a game and wouldn't be worth it. But I turned it on anyways. I watched 'blobs' show up on the screen, but nothing else happened. I held it for fifteen minutes and it did nothing for me except show blobs of color.

I handed it to Michael, exasperated with it. I told him it was a waste of time. He figured he would try it out as well just to make sure before we scratched it off the list of useful tools.

Well, what do you know, it starts talking for him. At first it just seemed like random words that made no sense. Then he started trying to figure it out. It said 'congress', 'deadly', and 'chemical'. He found a grave near an American flag, the last name being a different spelling of a chemical that could kill. The app kept on talking, and mentioned 'money' and 'animal'. He figured it was gibberish again, but then saw a statue of a lamb, and right in front of it was a quarter. The app said 'take' and when he went to walk away, it told him 'fail'.

All of this can be just written off as coincidence, but it was really weird to see. It did NOTHING for me, but then led Michael to money. It seemed to respond to his replies as well.

So, we decided that the app could *possibly* hold some merit. We have added it, and an Ovilus, to our inventory. We use them, but realize they may not be reliable and we should always back up any findings with other forms of evidence.

Since that awesome experience, the app is just spouting off gibberish to us. We haven't been able to make sense out of anything said like we were that day. Interestingly enough, though, it still barely responds to me. When I'm holding it or near it, it talks very little. When Michael has it, it becomes a little 'chatterbox' (slight pun intended LOL).

Our recommendation? Try it out if you have a device that supports it. But don't put too much stock into it. It's extremely likely that you might put meaning to words that it gives you, making something out of what is most likely nothing. BUT it's also possible that it might actually work some time. Hey, it's free. And the paid app  (with a bit more to it) is really cheap. So it would be silly to not give it a chance and add it to the tools that you already use.

Next up to review will be the Ovilus after we've had more time playing with it. We have an exciting investigation coming up next week, so we'll see how it performs then. ;)

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