Tech Time with Brock and Doc: The Ovilus

Tech Time with Brock and Doc: The Ovilus

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Another popular piece of equipment that is used by paranormal investigators and researchers is the Ovilus.  The theory behind this device is that spirits can speak by interacting or manipulating the environment (EMF, ELF, and temperature), the device then converts those readings into a number that indicates either a word from the pre-loaded dictionary or a phonetic sound depending on the mode of operation selected.  It is suggested that a spirit or entity can manipulate the environmental factors in a way that would produce a word or words that would be appropriate to the questions being asked.  The Ovilus is a type of Instrumental Trans-Communication Device (ITC), which is the communication by spirit with through electronic devices.

The Ovilus is manufactured by Digital Dowsing (http://digitaldowsing.com/) and has had many revisions to the device since the original came out in April 2008.  The Ovilus became a hit in the paranormal field after it was seen being used on episodes of Travel Channel’s “Ghost Adventures” and Syfy’s “Ghost Hunters”.

Original Ovilus

Original Ovilus

The original Ovilus (April 2008) was a hand held device that would take energy readings and convert those to speech.  The device had seven operation modes and that dictionary of 512 words.  The Ovilus FX was the next revision to the original Ovilus.  The Ovilus FX had and increased dictionary of words (1024 words), the ability to repeat the last 1000 words and a computer interface that would allow real time capture of the data.  It also had two new modes of operation added (total or 9 modes of operation) and a built-in speaker.  The iOvilus was then released, bringing the popular Ovilus device and functionality to the smartphone (iPhone/iPad) market.  The iOvilus had an increased dictionary of 1000 words.  Skipping ahead in the revisions of the Ovilus, we have arrived to the Ovilus III.  The Ovilus III has a lot of new functionality compared to the original Ovilus.  It has a built-in 6 line display (for displaying the words that are spoken), multiple operating modes including dictionary and phonetic, a thermal flashlight with color LED light to indicate changes in temperature and the dictionary has been increased to 2,000 words.  The Ovilus III has dictionary, Q&A, phonetic, reverse phonetic, touch, draw, white noise, energy scope, utility, sync and thermal flashlight modes of operation.

The whole theory of spirits or entities being able to manipulate environmental factors to produce words is just that, a theory.  The idea that there would be a device that you can use to communicate with the paranormal world is a great idea, but there are a few issues that need to be addressed.  First off, the technology doesn’t exist at this time to do this to a level that could be scientifically provable.  This stems from the fact that we don’t know exactly the nature of spirit or how to communicate with the paranormal world or even know what we are communicating with.  Until we have an understanding that can be used in scientifically to re-produce the outcome over and over, then we will not truly know if these devices are producing communication with the paranormal world or just speaking random words.

Also, this form of communication is extremely slow and often only produces a single world at a time with large amount of

Ovilus iPhone App

Ovilus iPhone App

time in between.  The tendency for onlookers to jump to conclusions based on a single word is very high and people tend to let their imagination take off on them while doing an Ovilus session.  The speech synthesis chip also is very robotic and is very difficult to understand.  With the earlier versions it was very easy for people to have differing ideas of what the Ovilus said.  This issue was resolved in the more recent versions by displaying it on an LCD screen and also data logging it so it can be reviewed later.

Don’t get us wrong here, these devices are awesome devices but you have to keep the results in perspective.  The Ovilus has been known to say demon over and over when used, I think it is a little strange that a majority of the time when using the Ovilus you hear demon.  It’s also been said by many that the word demon isn’t even in its dictionary.  That to me sends up the red flag that maybe it is randomly saying words even when there is nothing trying to interact with the device.  Although, maybe something is manipulating the device to say demon knowing that it will get people’s attention and get rid of the people who are asking it annoying repetitive questions.

In conclusion, we believe that the Ovilus is a cool device to have and use, the technology limitations and the inability to scientifically reproduce the results from the device limits its ability to be used in the paranormal field for communication with spirits or as evidence in an investigation.  The cost of this device is a limiting factor unfortunately as it is priced at $250.  If you do decide to try out the Ovilus, please purchase the device and not the iOvilus app for the smartphone.  We all know that smartphones receive and transmit different frequencies of data and should not be used or even turned on during an investigation.  The iOvilus app would be more susceptible to interference from the smartphone device itself, which could increase the frequency of false positive results.

Ovilus III

Ovilus III

About the Authors
Brock Burroughs and Dave Erickson are both paranormal investigator/researchers as well as they host the internet radio show, Tech Time with Brock and Doc, that airs every Sunday at 10PM Eastern / 7PM Pacific on ParaMania Radio (http://paramaniaradio.com/).  Tech Time with Brock and Doc is a show all about the Technology used in the Paranormal, interviewing paranormal teams and exploring their use of technology, inventors of new technology and exploring new potential technology that you may want to start using on your next investigation!

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