Season 11 / Episode 08: Haunted HollyWood, Ovilus 3 / Xcam SLS
The Haunted Hollywood episode featuring the Ovilus 3 and the Xcam SLS
This week the guys use the Ovilus 3 and Xcam SLS Camera. Zak and Jay are startled by the communication they receive with the Ovilus 3.
The Ovilus III was built for slightly over a year and subsequently replaced by the Ovilus 4 and then again by the Ovilus 5. The Ovilus III was the last Ovilus to use the synthetic speech generator. With the synthetic speech generator words were built using a series of phonetic sounds. The Ovilus III has 2048 pre-programmed words in the dictionary. Words are triggered and ‘spoken’ as a result of changes in the energy levels surrounding the Ovilus.
This week the guys also use the Xcam SLS “Structured Light Sensor” camera.
The Xcam SLS camera tracks changes in the depth of field viewed on the screen using the SLS sensor array. Distance, temperature and Light level is also measured by the device. Distance of objects from the camera using ultrasonic sensor. The temperature of the environment is recorded using the on board IR temperature sensor. Ambient light levels also recorded by an on-board photo sensor. Audio is captured and displayed in two manners. First it the audio is visualized as frequency over time in the lower window. In the upper window the audio is displayed as an instantaneous reading as frequency by decibel. These allow the user to visualize the audio spectrum. In addition the Xcam SLS creates a video recording so all changes can be viewed in real time as they happen so the replay shows all inputs as they happened.
Ever wonder what the green dots were during various Ghost Adventures Episodes?
When the Xcam SLS camera is filmed with an IR camera so you can actually see the DOT field the SLS projects to determine depth of field and track objects.
This field is projected using IR light so it is only visible when viewed with an IR sensitive camera.
The “field” is what the SLS camera uses to determine what objects are in front of it and how far they are. The video image displayed on the Xcam SLS screen is actually a series of layers not a video image at all.
Further information on the Ghost Adventures Season 11 / Episode 08
Ghost Adventures Season 11 Episode 8 – Haunted Hollywood, Ovilus 3, Xcam SLS – Episode photos and writeup
I’ve seen the SLS used on Ghost Adventures on several occasions but without having it really explained at all, I didn’t understand what was happening..UNTIL the Winchester Mystery House episode when it was showing anomalies in conjunction with Billy actually feeling a cold spot right where a humanoid form was appearing on the screen. Then he was actually interacting with the form and you could see exactly what was happening.! It was at that point when I thought “Thing is LEGIT! Why isn’t every paranormal team using one of these?”