Digital Video Recorder
Also known as night-vision, IR video cameras are used to see clearly in a completely dark environment. In the dark, investigators often head knocks, bangs, movement, and other noises that cannot be seen. With the help of stationary IR video cameras hooked up to a digital video recorder, investigators can later go back and review the video at the time they heard the unexplained noises. Sometimes the video catches objects moving on their own, strange mists, outlines of human figures moving, and various other examples of valid paranormal activity.
In much the same way that human’s can’t always hear spirit voices, not all spirit activity can be seen with the naked eye either. If an area suddenly becomes active with paranormal activity, barrages of photos are often taken to see if anything has imprinted itself on the image. Everything from orbs (highly debated), mists and vapors, faces, all the way to the much sought after full-body apparition, can be recorded in the image. While film cameras used to be the standard for paranormal investigators, the quality and sensitivity and affordability of high end modern digital cameras lends themselves to use in the paranormal field.
Digital IR/UV Camera
The IR/UV digital camera, AKA Full Spectrum Camera, is closely related to the standard digital camera, with the exception that it does not capture visible light. There is a filter built into the lens which only captures information from the infra-red and ultraviolet spectrums. Nobody really knows how spirits operate, or in what level of energy or reality they reside at. As such, the full spectrum camera is just one more tool that is used to stretch our reach beyond the normal visible light spectrum, and it has been used with good results to help document paranormal activity.
Digital Voice Recorder
A digital voice recorder electronically stores audio content for later use. It is used in the paranormal field due to the fact that sometimes a spirit will try to speak, but humans are not always able to hear it. An imprint of this spirit communication is often captured on audio recording equipment, can later be analyzed either by the human ear or through the use of audio filter software on a computer. This imprint is known as an Electronic Voice Phenomenon or EVP for short.
EMF stands for Electromagnetic Fields, and EMFs are simply natural areas of energy within our environment that are either naturally or artificially created. It is a documented fact that in areas the exhibit paranormal activity, fluctuations in the electromagnetic field are often present without any reasonable cause. The EMF meter allows investigators to measure this field, and even track its size, distance, and movement. Oftentimes, in an area of paranormal activity, the EMF field will steadily rise, and this can be felt by humans in the area (nausea, agitation, skin sensitivity, etc.). This sudden rise may culminate with some paranormal event, whether it’s the movement of an object, a voice being heard, etc. While this is only a temporary phenomenon, man-made electromagnetic fields are not healthy for long-term exposure. These can be generated by electronic devices, unshielded electrical systems, and many other causes.
KII EMF Meter
The KII (or K2) meter is a special type of EMF detector that also measures milligauss energy pockets that surround the device. This tool is widely used when attempting spirit communication. Because of its amazing ease of use, it is a favorite in spirit hunting circles. As the lights light up from green through red, this relates to the change in EMF strength surrounding the device. It is often thought that telling a spirit to “make the lights light red” is easier than trying to explain to the spirit to “register a 5.5 on the EMF meter”. This simplicity and proven track record make this tool incredibly useful. Ambient Thermometer – Digital thermometers are important tools for the spirit hunter. Spirits are known to draw energy from surrounding areas in order to affect some sort of change in our physical environment (noise, movement, etc.). One way that spirits draw this energy is through heat. Oftentimes, when spirit activity is present, there will be pockets of air that are extremely cold in comparison to other areas of the room. Thermometers give quantitative evidence of this change and can allow an investigator to measure the cold area, or track it around the room if it is motile. The use of a non-contact (laser) thermometer will measure the temperature of surfaces, while an ambient thermometer will measure the temperature of the air. Both tools are vitally important.
Wireless motion detectors are important for determining whether or not there is movement in a room. If a room is completely empty, and there is no source for internal movement, the motion detector can alert the investigator to potential paranormal activity. Breezes, animals, insects, doors/windows and other factors must be closely monitored when using a motion detector, but in a controlled environment they provide for some pretty impressive results.
White Noise Generator
There is research out there that backs up the use of white noise generators when conducting EVP sessions. The two schools of thought indicate that first, spirit voices can be more clearly heard with the white noise as a background sound and second, spirits can use the audio signal as a source for creating their own auditory phenomenon. This is a widely debated tool, but one that we keep in our arsenal, nonetheless.
Flashlight, Pen and Paper
An LED flashlight of course for investigating and it is also very bright and energy efficient. You also need something to take notes with to record those memorable moments.
Since there are no concrete facts when it comes to the paranormal field, likewise there is no standardized equipment used to detect paranormal activity. Rather, the vast majority of the equipment used is environmental detection and sensor equipment. However, based on observation and collected data from the existing instrumentation currently being used, new equipment can be made to fine tune the detection techniques for paranormal activity. Rome Investigators of the Paranormal is one of the few paranormal groups in existence that designs, tests, and deploys custom detection tools. All equipment is designed and constructed in-house, and is utilized in our investigations to enhance our detection capabilities.