Over the past 30 years paranormal investigators have come a long way in regards to the items you find in most paranormal investigators’ tool bags. While you still may find some of these items in the old school investigator’s arsenal, most are long gone.
- Bells attached to a string placed in various areas to detect movement.
- Flour poured on the floor in hallways, like a virgin snow, to see if anything passes through the area.
- Using thread taped across doorways to see if anything enters or exits a room.
- Monitoring fluctuations in the magnetic field using a compass.
- Bringing that old temperature / barometer plaque that was hanging on the wall of your back porch to record changes in pressure and temperature.
- Taking that stuff and carrying it all in a gym bag.
Today’s investigator uses the latest technology to find the answers they seek. Investigations now resemble scientific experiments using electronic gadgets with flashing LEDs, variable audible tones and digital displays.
- EMF detectors to record changes in electromagnetic fields.
- Laser guided digital thermometers to read temperature from its target.
- REM pods detects energy disturbances and fluctuations that sets off visual and audible alarms.
- Night vision cameras with infrared illuminators to film in total darkness.
- Thermal imaging cameras to locate cold or hot spots.
- Digital voice recorders to pick up sounds or voices that can’t be heard by the human ear.
- ITC (Instrumental Trans-Communication) devices which take environment and energy readings and create human speech.
- Shadow Detection devices that sense movement and sound an alarm when a laser grid pattern in its sight is broken.
- ATA style road cases to keep those delicate instruments safe during transport
In our future articles, we will discuss in detail each type of equipment used by paranormal investigators. We will examine the different models and how they compare: their application, how they are used and the theories behind them.