Happy Halloween! For lots of us, at least here on the East Coast, the scariest thing that has happened so far is losing power and being without heat while it's February-like outside. But for anyone else looking for a conventionally spooky scare, there's a new high-tech way to do that. A ghost-hunting app for that, actually! Ha! As if your iPhone wasn't already capable of doing SO much -- basically serving as your executive assistant by directing you to the nearest latte, taking notes, and setting reminders for you!
There are actually two apps geared for ghost-hunting. The $0.99 app Ghost Hunter M2 uses the iPhone's built-in magnetometer to measure electromagnetic fields and the accelerometer to track movements like a ghost's footsteps. Woooo, creeepy! There's also Ghost Séance ($2.99), which claims to use a recorded medium's voice to summon "good spirits" only.
Interestingly enough, the Ghost Hunter app mimics a conventional ghost-hunting device, a K-II EMF meter. And this has old-school ghostbusters up in arms. They're annoyed that an app is now claiming to do what their rusty-trusty K-II EMFs can do, PLUS supposedly translate inaudible sounds into words and predict lunar and solar activity thought to foster apparitions. Wooooo ... spooooky!!
In fact, the developers of Ghost Hunter M2 say their app really beats the K-II EMF meter, claiming that "the smartphone has really accelerated the field of paranormal investigation."
But this "whose ghost tracker is better" rivalry seems so silly. If amateur ghost hunters want to use iPhones to find or track a ghost, let 'em! It actually seems like this is the modern spin on the Ouija board, you know? If you're open to spirits, they will speak to you. Do we really think they care what device we're using to track them down? I'm sure plenty of people have had encounters with ghosts sans K-II EMF meters or apps! But now, thanks to smartphone technology, maybe we'll have a better shot at getting a glimpse. BOO!
Would you try a ghost hunting app? Do you think they seem like the 21st century version of an Ouija board?
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