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I recently had an e-mail from a company looking at developing equipment for paranormal investigation groups and it got me thinking about what sort of useful gadgets or kit would you want to see.

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Re: New Investigating Equipment

Focus on motion sensor technology.
Today all sensors use either passive IR, microwave, ultrasounds or a combination of these.
Passive IR sensors are designed to track down bodily heat so are useless in most situations typically associated with "ghost hunting"; IR sensors monitoring changes in temperature (both cooler and warmer than room temperature) are more useful but are so expensive few can afford them.
Both microwave and ultrasound based sensors are designed to detect solid objects in movement. Again they are quite useless in "ghost hunting" unless the goal is to catch a hoaxer.
Since it seems that nobody still has defined what a ghost is it's quite hard to come up with some useful gadget.

In UFOlogy a few experimented with timed cameras in the past during "flaps": a hidden camera set off by a timer to snap a number of pictures at a given time for a number of days. More sophisticated timed cameras used a logical circuit to snap pictures at random intervals during daylight or nightime hours.
Results were disappointing and timed cameras are now only used by a very few enthusiasts. 
One of the things that has amazed me is how the spread of cameras resulted in so few decent UFO pictures in the past decade. With a few exceptions from Mexico (which should be taken with the utmost care since local hoaxers are extremely active and ingenious) and a couple of other cases all interesting UFO pictures date from the '60s and the '70s. You'd expect with a camera in every cellphone we'd have at least tons of claims and dubious pictures.

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Hi Mauro,
I agree with what you say. What about some sort of frequency changer gizmo. Spirits etc. seem to move through walls only because its vibration is faster then our worldly norm. It must work on light or sound frequencies and divide them down slower so our 5 sense range can pick them up. Does something like this exist ?  It could make a good project for someone.
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Sooty wrote:

Hi Mauro,
I agree with what you say. What about some sort of frequency changer gizmo. Spirits etc. seem to move through walls only because its vibration is faster then our worldly norm. It must work on light or sound frequencies and divide them down slower so our 5 sense range can pick them up. Does something like this exist ?  It could make a good project for someone.
Sooty..

You can easily slow down audio recordings in software. Changing light frequencies would result in a colour shift. However, before inventing a gizmo for this, what evidence is there of 'spirit vibration'?

On the subject of movement detection, there is software that can monitor video feeds, from security cameras for instance, to look for movement in what should be an empty room. It detects significant changes in the image in real time. Does anyone know if this software is easily available and at an affordable price?

This would far better than motion sensors because you would have a record of what was visible as well as an instant alarm that something interesting might be happening. It could also be used to review videos after the vigil, a singularly horrible task!

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Hi Mauro,
You've probably come across this. Using Digital infrared camers (or Ultraviolet) to take ghostly pics. I know nothing about this but it may be worth a look.
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Cheers.

About that software: I'll ask a friend who teaches at the University about it.

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