Ghost hunting at the museum with XBOX LASER technology!

The Laurel Museum in Laurel, Maryland is supposedly haunted. A group of ghost hunters was called and did some investigating. Or did they? I wouldn’t call it investigating…

Is the Laurel Museum haunted?.

The Laurel Museum is operated by the Laurel Historical Society out of a restored 19th-century mill worker’s house adjacent to Riverfront Park. The museum opened in 1996 and has been the society’s official headquarters ever since. It also may be haunted, if stories like Junewick’s and others are to be believed.

Reports of potential paranormal activity led Marlene Frazier, a Laurel Historical Society volunteer, to call in the cavalry: Pasadena Paranormal Investigations, a nonprofit that investigates possible paranormal activity in a variety of historic buildings, homes and sites across the region.

The group is led by lifelong friends and Pasadena residents Jared Tracey, 35, and Brent Smith, 35. The pair are staunch believers in ghosts, or spirits as they call them, and they have the stories to back it up.

So, the group spent over four hours doing what ghost hunters always do – turn of the light, use their blinky-light devices –  and they got what they usual get, a lot of audio and video that can’t be used in any scientific manner.

The team needs two weeks to review all the stuff they recorded and search for anomalies that they will call paranormal.

What a colossal waste of time these well-meaning paranormalists put into these sham investigations. Their ideas are baseless and a bit kooky – like the spirit box and the Ovilus. There is so much wrong with this, I don’t know where to begin. But it’s what paranormal investigators DO all the time!

The group consists of avid believers in the paranormal who assume something is going on at the museum. The obvious pro-paranormal bias will no doubt play a major part in how they interpret all their data. One of the team members was “touched by a spirit” during the night. What does that mean? Absolutely nothing.

They use an Xbox Kinect’s laser technology to attempt to prove the existence of ghosts. The Xbox Kinect is made for tracking people’s movements, yes, but not spirits or ghosts. Laser technology does not work that way but points for being gadgety in the extreme.

Honestly, Laurel Museum, trying to drum up visitors with silly ghost claims? It’s disappointing that people really don’t want to know what the probable cause of unusual activity is. Instead, they just want to reinforce their unsupported idea of ghosts hanging around bugging us humans.

Here’s a video report from The Baltimore Sun. Way to make the video look stupid by adding that “scary” music in the intro! This is supposed to be a news report you guys, not an episode of The Twilight Zone.

  6 comments for “Ghost hunting at the museum with XBOX LASER technology!

  1. spookyparadigm
    July 24, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    Am not defending their use of Kinect in the slightest. But I would note that Kinect has been repurposed and kitbashed by others as a useful 3D scanner, or for other similar ends. This is still stupid, but I wouldn’t harp on the xBox element (think also of the folks who have used game consoles or video cards to create powerful serial computer processors).

  2. Angela
    July 24, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    Two reasons I left paranormal investigating. One, I started on a road to calling out BS in the paranormal community, which most teams want to avoid because it screws them up networking with other teams. Two–I could never understand the point of collecting all of this data using methods that have never been shown to do much of anything (at least in regards to showing anything significant in finding answers). And I am seeing more and more locations give up the history in favor of the legends that might cause people to think its haunted.

  3. YetAnoutherBrian
    July 24, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    While this use of Kinect is dubious. There are valid alternate uses for the device.

    Kinect App to undergo Clinical Trials

    Paper Describing Kinect Gait Analysis Technique

    As well as a thriving Kinect Hackers Community.

  4. Jim Speiser
    July 24, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    Can someone please explain what exactly the Kinect is supposed to be showing? Especially w/r/t Ghost Adventures, where they make liberal use of it? Not knowing a damn thing about Kinect, it looks to me like something that recognizes the basic human form, i.e., head, torso, limbs, to the exclusion of all else in its field of view. Am I right so far? And we are supposed to think that if another, “phantom” form shows up on the screen, that said phantom form is that of a ghost? What, if anything, is used to “calibrate” the detector so that it is able to filter out false “human forms” such as, oh, human-shaped shadows, folds in a curtain, etc.? In other words, isn’t such a contraption subject to its own form of peridolia (sp)?

  5. iain campbell
    July 25, 2014 at 8:42 AM

    They all need to stop getting their ‘Science’ from the Paranormal Activity films, Paranormal Activity 4 in particular.

  6. Nemo_from_Erehwon
    July 25, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    I’m not sure what mechanism(s) or software is used to differentiate real humans from false “human forms,” but it would seem reasonable that there must be some such mechanism, otherwise it would have trouble following players of the game and not locking onto a humanist fold in the curtains.

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