Ghostly Activities tested the footstep tracker geophone on a recent ghost hunt and with other gadgets. Get our take on if it’s worth your hard-earned cash after the jump.
Our Footstep Tracker Geophone Experience
The footstep tracker geophone measures slight vibrations associated with ghostly manifestations. It’s similar to how the EDI+ measures vibrations, but the footstep tracker comes with a more sensitive remote tracker. You can change its sensitivity with a dial on the face of the device. For better measurement, we moved the dial until the first red light came on: Anything less than that setting threw false positives. And, we always use the remote sensor. We rarely get any readings when we don’t attach it. Ghost Stop, the manufacturer, mentioned you can use it to detect “man-made, mechanical possibilities”, but their instructions didn’t explain how these patterns appear on the device.
Ghostly Activities got to use the footstep tracker geophone on a recent ghost hunt in Bremerton, Washington. We used it to detect if a child spirit would move in a kitchen hallway. To record the changes, we pointed a camcorder at the gadget for the length of the investigation.
Using Footstep Tracker Geophone With Other Gadgets
We think the geophone works better with other gadgets around. The more data you collect from all the gadgets, the more credible the evidence. Keep reading to see how we set up the tests.
We like to use the geophone with the BooBuddy Interactive Bear. If you don’t know about the BooBuddy, it looks like a teddy bear, but it asks EVP questions and measures EMF, temperature and motion. Its hands glow red when EMF changes happen. If the temperature changes or it detects motions, it responds with voice prompts, but you can’t see the readings. Hence, the geophone can help visualize motion around the bear.
We tested the geophone to see if it gave off an EMF field that would cause the BooBuddy to give false positive readings. It did not.
On our investigations, we place the remote sensor between the bear’s legs and place the geophone’s face towards a camera, so we can easily use video to document the readings.
This geophone could be a great complement to the REM pod. You could place the geophone next to the REM pod and track movements with the pod’s EMF alerts and temperature change signals. However, you still need to have someone watch the experiment or video record it, because REM pods don’t save the environmental changes.
We believe this is the best way to use the geophone. You could set out cards, dice, toy cars, booze or other objects on a flat surface for engagement. Next, monitor the area with a Mel meter, digital thermometer and audio recorder. If you get EMF, temperature changes and the geophone going off, then you may have collected some credible evidence. Still, you’d need to video record it to document the movement.
Improving The Footstep Tracker Geophone
The gadget has some flaws compared to other geophones, like the EDI+. First, it doesn’t have a sound alert. Many times, ghost hunters put out a geophone to detect movement and leave the area. They’d count on the device to alert them if something manifested. It also doesn’t record the data collected, so you have nothing to compare it to and debunk the phenomena based on a time stamp. In addition, you have to put a camcorder on it to record any changes to the lights over time. This means someone has to watch it, so you lose an investigator, or you have to set up a camcorder for at least 30 minutes. That takes some valuable assets out of your ghost hunt. It doesn’t seem like adding an alert is too much to ask for.
The other gripe deals with the rubber boot. The belt loop makes it difficult to insert the tripod. We’ve had to take it off to properly screw on the tripod. Otherwise, it will wiggle on the tripod and it could give a false reading.
Ghostly Activities’ Take
We recommend the gadget, but with reservations. It does have some flaws (no alerts or ability to record vibrations), but it can help collect evidence of a ghostly manifestation. We think it works better to complement other ghostly gadgets than on its own. At $90 (on sale at the time of this writing), we’d recommend it for more serious and dedicated ghost hunting teams. You can order the footstep tracker geophone from GhostStop.com.
Jacob ‘Jake’ Rice has always loved ghosts and scary stories. When he’s not being a tech nerd for work, he’s the gadget guy on the team. He hunts ghosts, spirits and other paranormal entities in Seattle and the Puget Sound area.