New Tech Aims to Keep Things Simple

Rob Gallitto



A little over a year ago I ended up creating a new piece of equipment that everyone I investigate with have all just come to refer to as the “Yes and No Boxes”. The idea is ridiculously simple to the point where I was very surprised I couldn’t find someone who had tried it before. I don’t know of any other investigators who have done anything like this and I searched all over the Internet and came up with nothing. To explain the Boxes as simply as I can, I put together a set of devices that are triggered by an infrared motion sensor. When triggered, the motion sensor sends a signal to an audio component that triggers it to play a quick audio clip that says either “yes” or “no” depending on which sensor is triggered. This can; in theory, allow for real time communication with spirits using basic “yes” or “no” questions.

Before I explain how the devices work in more detail, let me backtrack and explain how and why I decided to make these things in the first place. The idea was taken as a way to improve on two pieces of equipment already used for paranormal investigating- the Ovilus (or “paranormal puck”) and the Maglite flashlights. The Ovilus is a device that spits out audible words according to the level of EMF (electromagnetic fields) in the environment. The idea is that spirits can manipulate the EMF to speak to investigators. The popularity of the Ovilus always puzzled me for a few reasons. First, EMF can easily be interfered with by countless things that all have natural explanations (exposed wires, cell phones, various electronic devices, etc.). And secondly, Oviluses (or is it Ovili?) have a limited pre-set vocabulary. From what I’ve seen this usually makes the words coming out of it make no sense if there’s too many programmed in, or they seem a little too convenient if there are carefully chosen words. I do like the audible real-time response, but there’s too many other things that make the Ovilius something I’ve never; and never will, use on an investigation. Then there’s the Maglite. Anyone who read my article about the Maglite theory will already know how much they frustrate me- even if I can’t disprove them. The great thing behind the idea is how simple they are; being used for just “yes” or “no” questions. Still, even though I haven’t been able to disprove them, I’ll never be able to fully prove them or explain how they’re used by spirits.

With my “Yes/No” Boxes, the real-time audible response you get from an Ovilus is there with the simplicity of the Maglite theory, but when these are triggered, there is no doubt as to how they’re being triggered- it’s the motion sensor. It’s true that normal people can set them off on accident, but I enclosed the motion sensors in an electrical box facing up to avoid that as much as possible. It’s also important to just be mindful of where they are set. Either way, it’s usually easier to dismiss them or take them seriously more than you would an Ovilus or Maglite knowing exactly what sets them off.
There are two separate boxes with this. One emits a “yes” response when triggered while the other says “no”. I made them fairly easy to distinguish from each other by clearly labeling each box. I also color coded them. This way, if there are people around who aren’t living, they can simply read which response they want to give or listen for an investigator to tell them which color means what if they can’t read it. The motion sensor is facing straight up so we can explain that “waving your hand over the box” will set it off. I believe that if there are spirits around who had been living hundreds of years ago, the simplicity of these devices is much less intimidating and easy to understand compared to most equipment used on a regular basis.


Yes/No boxes


I might be the only one I know of that has built something like this for the purpose of paranormal investigations, but I can’t take credit for actually designing the schematics of the “Yes/No” Boxes. I found fairly clear instructions on how to make an electronic project where a customizable sound goes off when a motion sensor is triggered by doing a quick web search. The main use I saw for them though was customized Halloween decorations. If you have any experience in electrical engineering, it should be no problem to build your own set of these. In fact, I had no electrical experience beforehand, but after finding out this wasn’t something I could just buy, I went out and got some electrical books. It took a few months to safely learn how to put them together (there’s always a risk of fire when dealing with electrical components and things like a soldering iron), but once I did, I was surprised at how simple it really was.

Having been using the “Yes/No” Boxes for almost a year now, I can say that they’ve worked quite well. They aren’t triggered nearly as often as a Maglite might be, but I think that lends to their credibility. Remember, in order to set these off a spirit; in theory, has to generate enough energy to at least somewhat manifest itself enough to set off a motion sensor. There is one location in particular where they have worked on multiple occasions and right along with Maglites. One impressive session lasted about a half hour and involved 2 Maglites dedicated to being a “yes” response along with the “yes” box, 2 Maglites for a “no” response along with the “no” box, and another Maglite used for “maybe”. It was hard to argue with consistent responses from 5 Maglites and the “Yes/No” Boxes at the same time.

With so many expensive and overly complicated pieces of paranormal investigative equipment out there today, the home-made “Yes/No” Boxes have become something that I’ve been using on a regular basis. I think the key to getting the most out of new equipment is keeping it as simple as possible. We are trying to communicate with people who have been dead for decades; or even hundreds of years, so the newest high-tech gadget would likely confuse them. Everyone wants the newest most high-tech shiny new toy for paranormal research, but sometimes keeping things simple works the best.