Use your kids old Xbox ‘Kinect camera’ as a new tool for the paranormal

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Ghost hunter Graham Lewis claims he has captured video evidence of the ghost of a small boy by using a ”spirit-detection” device he made from Xbox gaming technology.


Mr Lewis said he made the discovery at the Quarantine Station at North Head in Sydney.

“At the Q station I experienced a chilling moment,” Mr Lewis said.

He said he had his camera set up in a hallway of the building and was alone at the time.

”On the screen I noticed a small figure the size of a child. The figure seemed to be limping, and when I waved the little figure waved back,” Mr Lewis said.

He showed the footage to his friend Libby, who claims to be a medium.

 

 

 

“Libby said to me straight away, ‘that’s little Oliver, the son of a former worker at the station’.

A computer-generated outline of what Graham Lewis says is a ghost at the Quarantine Station at North Head, Sydney.

PHOTO A computer-generated outline of what Graham Lewis says is a ghost, captured using his equipment at the Quarantine Station at North Head, Sydney.

“Oliver was reportedly lame in his right foot,” Mr Lewis said.

Mr Lewis, who is an electrical engineer by trade, said ghost hunters had traditionally relied on their intuition, regular cameras and handheld meters in their search for spirits.

Sophisticated spirit detection devices

Disappointed by haphazard and scratchy results from these basic tools, Mr Lewis employed his engineering skills to design a new device using the Kinect SLS camera, which modifies Xbox gaming technology.

He is constantly designing, testing and modifying his ghost hunting equipment, including the Vortex direction finder, the Spirit Net, and the Kinect SLS camera.

“Xbox gaming users were reporting curious incidents in which the sensor camera, which tracks human movement for interactive games, was often detecting second players in the game when there was no one else in the room,” he said.

Mr Lewis designed a prototype by attaching the Xbox SLS camera to a portable screen and hard-drive recorder and said he had captured some ”amazing results in the field”.

Based on assumptions

But Tegan Jones, an editor at Gizmodo, said Kinect ”ghosts” weren’t anything new in Xbox technology and could be a result of imperfect algorithms.

”There’s no scientific way to test the setup in a controlled environment to see if it actually works before you take it out into the field,” she said.

”Mostly because there are no ghosts to test in a lab.

”Ghost hunting is based on assumptions. We don’t know if ghosts are even real let alone how they behave or what detectable elements they produce.

”How can the right equipment be engineered if we don’t have a proven, scientific way of knowing what it is that needs to be searched for?”

”When people have allegedly captured a spirit with a repurposed Kinect, there’s no war to scientifically verify that data because we have nothing real and tangible to compare it to,” Ms Jones said.

”What they are seeing could be anything from a shadow, to a trick of the light to the heat signature of something or someone else. I see this as a modern incarnation of ‘ghosts’ being allegedly captured on camera or film.”

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Source: ABC News