The GS2 Laser Grid System is a new ghost-hunting gadget from GhostStop. It combines the GS1 with motion, temperature and shape-graphing software to detect ghostly activity. See if you need it for your team after the jump!
GS2 Review Quick Take
- Lightweight and sturdy build
- Easy-to-use gadget
- Limited distance for sensors
- Use normal light camcorders to record readings
- Solid choice for a team if funds available
GS2 Laser Grid System Background
The GS2 laser grid is a major upgrade from the GS1 laser grid. It now adds additional sensors to detect motion, direction, distance and temperature. GhostStop invented the laser system and custom makes them for each order. I won’t bother with all the gizmos and widgets in-depth here because I got the gory details below.
Experiments & Use Cases
For our tests, we took the GS2 outside, in the Seattle Underground for a real ghost hunt, and in an office in my house. While the GS2 isn’t really designed for outdoor use, people will likely use it there. The Underground is a good mix of indoor and outdoor testing. While it seems like a basement, you’ll get an effect like an abandoned building. Indoors, I used an office is my house. I put a Boo Buddy on a chair and placed in against a wall. It’s the most controlled environment I could make.
In addition, I pointed the GS2 at a person in a chair to see how it would measure subtle human movements. And, the subject did wear a blindfold so the laser didn’t fry their eyes. After it took baseline readings, it did a pretty good job of not reporting on the human in the chair.
Boy, this thing is easy. You only need to remove a shield; press a button; and flip a switch if you need to.
The shield covers the laser grid, motion, temperature and distance sensors. Obviously, if you leave it covered, you won’t get any readings. I made the mistake of turning it on without removing the shield, and nothing bad happened. Mind you, that’s only one time, so repeatedly failing to take off the cover could lead to damage.
Next, the power button is on the right side. It’s a red button. Just press it and the laser activates and baselining begins. You’ve got about 10 seconds before the baseline measuring begins. I set up my experiments first, then turned on the GS2. You wouldn’t need to get out of the way in that case.
The baseline readings take about 20 seconds or so. You’ll hear some alerts going off, and the distance and motion light signals will go off. You’re ready to observe at this point.
Now for the switch bit. There’s a black switch on the top next to the a screen with GS2 on it. When it’s pushed away from you, it will show you the baseline readings, motion arrows and events, which are readings outside the baseline averages. But it’s really small. Like you need your reading glasses for it. I hope GhostStop adds a bigger screen in the future. It’s tough to read. When you flip toward you, the GS2 enters a flash mode which only detects motion, direction and shapes. It’s fast. Really fast. If you have other environmental measuring gadgets around, this is something you’ll do often. I went on a ghost hunt with the GS2 and EDI+, and I only used the GS2 for motion and detecting shapes.
One a side note: Don’t forget to put the shield back on so you don’t damage the sensors! Also, GhostStop provides a long, red rope like charger for its internal battery. This is a major improvement over using AA batteries.
I was a bit surprised by its sturdy build. This thing is light considering it has 5 or so sensors and an internal battery. It probably weighs less that the GS1.
Now, the exterior can look a little wonky. I think GhostStop uses a 3D printer to make the case. Sometimes, it can look like it got dinged when it’s just how the printer handled the etched pattern on the outside.
Now, I did drop the GS2 by mistake on a carpeted floor, and nothing happened. I’d worry if I dropped it on concrete. It’s got a solid build, but it’s a hard plastic exterior. It could crack. I’d also worry about exposing it to temperatures below 20°F. Hard plastic like this doesn’t handle cold settings well. There’s no word from GhostStop if extreme heat or cold will damage its components.
The GS2 was able to accurately record shapes, distance, motion and temperature changes indoors. It did have a more difficult time with shape as the object moved closer to the sensors in all 3 tested conditions.
Once something or somebody moved outside 6.5 feet, it disappeared from the display. This can make investigation in large open areas a bust. The GS2’s usefulness will depend on how you’ve setup your experiments. Static environments (those without much change in the environment) work best.
In my tests, an area like an office, bedroom or hallway seemed to do well. It recorded all the changes I through at it. I tossed dice to test motion and distance. There was ice and a hot pack added around the Boo Buddy to test its sensitivity temperature anomalies. It accurately measured the distance when I moved the Boo Buddy toward the gadget. No complaints in a static environment. Next, I flipped the switch to flash mode for faster motion detection and shaping objects, and it performed well. Although, the alert indicating an approaching object to the sensors wasn’t as fast as I thought it would be. That means, it would flash the color changes for direction a few seconds before a sound alert.
Once I moved into the Seattle Underground, with its large tunnels and dripping water from the ceiling, the GS2 had problems with motion detection and shapes: I think it was too much environmental feedback. Plus, it’s not made to measure up-and-down motion, which is a realistic situation. It got overwhelmed by the rapidly changing metrics.
Outside, it was just a bust all around. I don’t think it was able to get a baseline with all the rain, wind and moving bits in the backyard.
One last thing that bothered me: The distance alert is dependent on the object crossing the main laser in the middle of the grid. Not everything will cross it in the field. I’d ask GhostStop to expand the distance mapping field in future versions.
There are a few limits to the GS2:
- The sensors can’t measure anything more that 6.5 feet away from the sensors
- The grid washes out under infrared light
- Objects within 30-inches of the sensors tend to block the shape display
- You can’t use the gadget outside whatsoever: It’s so sensitive, any gust of wind, moisture, bug and more will have this thing go bonkers
- It can’t record the data it collects, so you have to point a camera at it
Ghostly Activities’ Recommendation For The GS2 Laser Grid System
I recommend the gadget for ghost-hunting teams with the funds to buy it. No other gadget has the motion, direction and shaping sensors in one unit. But it’s expensive and you can cobble the features together with other gadgets. It would be a great complement to the EDI+. Additionally, it’s hard to beat the GS2 for real-time feedback, especially in flash mode.
You can buy the GS2 laser grid system from GhostStop directly. It sells for around $290 at the time of this review.
Note: Jake bought the gadget with his own money, so there’s no expectation of a good review by the manufacturer.