"It's climbing up you!"

The famed SLS camera, a classic Ghost Adventures tool, is a Structured Light Sensor Camera System. It allows ghost hunters seeking to capture video evidence to detect spirit forms during paranormal investigations that can't be seen with the naked eye.[1] These forms are then depicted as stick figures that often dance around or seem to stand on top of people's heads.

The screen of an SLS camera from the Ghost Adventures introduction. In the image, one stick figure (a ghost) is standing, and one (also a ghost) is squatting next to it as if it is on the cover of a 90s rap album.


Technology

The SLS camera works in absolute darkness (as well as full light) and is fully portable.

According to Kinect, one (and seemingly the only) manufacturer out there, The camera works through an infrared light projector with a monochrome CMOS sensor that shows everything as dots arranged in 3D formation. These infrared dots allow the camera to show depth and detail. The software “sees” people by recognizing joints and movements. The IR will detect paranormal entities that the program recognizes as a human shape based on the body parts and joints. Video can be recorded directly to the camera or an SD card up to 64GB.[2]

Use in Ghost Adventures

The SLS camera first appeared on the episode "Saint James Hotel".

Since then, the crew has regularly used it to get raw & extreme. Key episodes which feature the SLS camera in entertaining action include:

  • Palomino Club: The stick figures put on a show and literally dance on command.
  • Goodwin Home Invasion: This one is personal... the stick figures dance around Aaron's kitchen, then vanish. At another point, a figure is on all fours, like an animal.


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