Owning a collection of gadgets that you claim detect ghosts in one way or another is a staple part of belonging to a ghost hunting team. By explaining to the layman just how Electromagnetic fields can cause a minority of people to experience sensations of being watched while you wave around a plastic box that has coloured bulbs that light up randomly is all that you need to make it seem as though you’re an expert in your field, despite the fact that you’re spouting pseudo-scientific bullshit.
As long as you’ve got the gadgets in your hand it doesn’t matter if you completely make nonsense up on the spot – people will believe that you know what you’re on about because using scientific looking devices makes you seem like a legit person.
In my own personal arsenal I have a KII meter, a laser thermometer, a GhostBox, a Mr Ghost EMF iPhone antennae and a Ghost Laser Grid (as well as torches, dictaphones and other similar bits). This little collection set me back well over £300 over the years and the gadgets do not do what it is claimed they do. I knew this when buying them, though, and bought them as demonstration items.
Yet, as useless as the gadgets I bought are when it comes to detecting other-wordly presences, ghost gadget continue to develop, change and “progress” with new items being released into the market on a regular basis. I thought I’d share some of the more spectacularly bad pieces of crap marketed as ghost hunters.
The Teddy-bear K2 Meter. It is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a K2 meter (a basic sort of Electro-Magnetic Field meter) built into a teddy-bear that the creators suggest will make K2 sessions “more successful” because ghosts are more likely to interact with something they recognise instead of a bog standard K2 meter which ye olde spirit might not recognise. It also lights up, which is always a bonus for ghost hunters what with working in the dark for no good reason and all…
These meters were originally used by Ghost Hunters to detect changes in naturally occurring Electro-Magnetic Fields which were believed (incorrectly) to be caused by ghosts manifesting themselves and giving off energy discharges that caused the EMF in a location to fluctuate. Get a fluctuation on your meter and you’ve probably got a ghost manifesting around you…
but these days teams are too lazy to take baseline readings and compare other readings to these every 30 minutes or so. Instead they use EMF meters as a sort of hands free planchette and ask ghosts to light the bulbs on a meter up to indicate yes or no in response to questions.
See the Teddy-bear KII Meter it in action:
Then there is the V Pod which emits its own EM Field which interacts with other fields around it, apparently. Any disturbances (i.e ghosts) will make the pod light up the closer it (the ghost) gets. The GhostHunter store sells this item with a useful reminder in the copy that states ‘Please keep in mind that EM Fields can and will be affected by materials and or objects that conduct electricity’. No shit, Sherlock!
The REM Pod is similar to The V Pod. It does exactly the same as the V Pod but happens to have the antennae and light-bulbs positioned differently. These devices are basically designed for detecting ghosts and ignore even the faintest scientific link that there might be between Electromagnetic Fields and Anomalous Phenomena.
The Spring Ouija Board is one of the more ridiculous things I have seen offered and used by ghost hunters. It takes the nonsense associated with the traditional ouija board to a whole new level by offering ghosts different options.
They can either spin the base or use the planchette attached, for some reason, to a spring to select different letters. This utterly baffling bullshit appears on more and more ghost hunting team websites and makes me want to weep.
I haven’t seen one of these in person but I’d imagine that a spring loaded planchette would be much, much easier to influence than a traditional planchette which is dragged across the surface of the board. I also think the design of this board is hideous. Give me a good old-fashioned Parker Brother’s board any day of the week over this monstrosity…
The Ovilus comes in many different forms with different numbers to indicate how advanced the device is. The picture here shows the Ovilus III which allegedly ‘takes reading from the environment using several sensors including one for electromagnetic readings and uses a mathematical formula to convert these readings to a number that responds to a certain word that is stored in the word database of more than 2000 words.’
Guys, it uses a mathematical formula so why am I even incluing it on this list? Oh yes, it’s here because it’s laughably bullshit. It is claimed that The Ovilus will “speak” the corresponding word through its built in speaker or, on the latest models, show words on a text display. I’ve used an Ovilus device and it emits random words that ghost hunters make fit their situation by ignoring words they don’t expect to hear and only focussing on those that they expect to hear. Ridiculous… and if you don’t believe that ghost hunters use this on their ghost hunters here is a video of it in action
There are plenty more devices on the scene than just those I’ve shared above. What are the most ridiculous devices that you’ve seen marketed at budding ghost hunters?