A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
What's it about?
GHOST DETECTOR RADAR CAMERA is a free (with ads) app that simulates the equipment used by paranormal experts on many popular reality TV shows. Its interface contains a live radar screen and gauges for measuring EMF (electromagnetic fields), EVPs (electronic voice phenomena), and ESP (extra-sensory perception). Users move around until the gauges detect a presence. The presence can manifest as sound or a ghostly visual, and once it's there, users can use their phone keyboards to ask it questions. Answers come back in a kind of runic ghost language that the app then "translates" into English. Users can use their phones to take pictures of apparitions and share them on social media or tell other users about their ghostly experiences on the app's Stories page. Ghost hunting is frequently interrupted by ads for other apps unless users pay $0.99 to get rid of them.
Is it any good?
This is one of those apps that, despite its limitations, generates an enthusiastic community that creates something bigger and better than the app. The app itself doesn't do much; you can tell within minutes how basic its so-called ghost-hunting capabilities really are. Ask "ghosts" more than a few basic questions, and the simulation fails, providing either identical answers from multiple ghosts or answers that have nothing to do with the question. The developers clearly didn't take enough time to anticipate all possible queries (or even some fairly basic ones), so success depends on sticking to questions like "Are you a man or a woman?" or "What is your name?" Go for something more complex like "Why do you linger here?" and you might get an answer like "U want proof?" (Who knew hundred-year-old ghosts were hip to texting shorthand?)
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about ghost hunting using Ghost Detector Radar Camera and in reality shows. Do you think what you see on these shows is real, or is it manufactured for TV? What makes you think so?
Talk about free apps. If an app is free, how do the creators make money? Are there any risks?
Think about how AR can be used to alter reality. Do you think AR technology can be used to make fake things seem real?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free (contains optional in-app purchases)
- Release date: August 3, 2018
- Category: Entertainment
- Topics: Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- Size: 67.70 MB
- Publisher: First Class Media B.V.
- Version: 1.2.1
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later; Android 4.0.3 and up
- Last updated: November 24, 2018
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