Ghost Radar tempts paranormal investigators with intriguing evidence

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Paranormal investigators toting Apple iPhones have a new app at their disposal for getting feedback while visiting an alleged haunted location.

Ghost Radar, a software program written by Jack Jones of the unlikely-named company Spud Pickles, claims to have the ability to “analyze the quantum flux” using “a proprietary algorithm”. The app also permits the iPhone to become a flashlight, or go completely dark, depending on the investigator’s needs.

Ghost Radar product image from the Spud Pickles website.

Ghost Radar product image from Spud Pickles.

“When the radar first starts it will be very sensitive to the noise in your environment, perhaps giving false readings,” Jones said on the app’s product website. “After several minutes of self adjustment the radar will learn how to filter out the noise. The longer the radar is allowed to run the more sensitive it becomes to anomalous readings. What those readings mean and how you interpret them is up for debate. The theory of what is happening is that intelligent energy can be made aware of their ability to influence the sensors of the iPhone and iPod touch. Much like the theory behind anomalous readings of a K-II meter. Try asking entities to interact with Ghost Radar.”

“The energy you are detecting can also try communicating with you through the scrolling letters,” Jones said. “The letters on the bottom right of the screen are an interpretation of certain readings from the flux. An intelligent energy should be able to influence the letters and communicate with you.”

Psychic medium Chip Coffey, famous for his work on “Paranormal State” and “Psychic Kids” has picked up some very interesting results with his. In a recent entry on his MySpace blog, Coffey discussed some of his findings with the app.

“The night before we were leaving to return home to Atlanta, Ghost Radar said the name ‘Bronwyn,’” Coffey said. “Certainly not a common name. The next morning, while standing at the hotel’s front desk, I noticed a rack of business cards for members of the hotel’s staff … and one of the front desk manager’s names is Bronwyn! (Now, that one really got my attention!)”

Coffey’s conclusions agree with Jones, that the readings could be coincidence, but are compelling.

Jones said that while some people believe that Apple does not put sensors in the iPhone or iPod touch, the devices are actually filled with sensors and transceivers. “To name a few, there is a WiFi transceiver, a touch sensor, an accelerometer, and a speaker on the second generation iPod touch and iPhones. Additionally on the iPhone there is a phone transceiver, a microphone, and a magnetometer.”

“You must decide for yourself if the readings are indicative of actual paranormal activity,” Jones said. “Keep a log of strange readings, or video tape your hunting. Allow the corroborating evidence to influence your view of Ghost Radar’s authenticity.”

River Cities Paranormal Society, a team of ghost hunters based in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, has created a wry video review of the program here:

RCPS does not use the Ghost Radar in an investigation environment, so their test could be called unfair, but the music used on the video soundtrack is excellent, which makes waiting nearly ten minutes to hear them eventually reject the app almost worthwhile.

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