There are many theories about what causes ghostly hauntings. Are there spirits stuck between this world and the next? Or are ghosts simply a figment of our superstitious imaginations? Whatever you believe, there is one scientific theory that fits with many ghostly sightings. If correct it could mean that Cocoon home security system, like an actual Ghostbuster, could catch any ghouls haunting your home!
Have you heard of the “fear-frequency”?
Humans hear within a narrow band of sound. Within that range of 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz exists beautiful music, the voices of your loved ones and the blasting sounds of jet engines. The sounds of life exist in this range, but below that range exists infrasound, dead sounds, vibrations in the air below 20 Hz that are so strange that the human ear can’t detect them.
Infrasound is the frequency of sound that Cocoon home security uses to detect intruders in your home. Eerie sound waves vibrating just below the human range of hearing, within certain ranges of infrasound, are said to exist within the fear-frequency.
For as long as there have been people there have been reports of supernatural sightings and sounds. Ghost stories designed to scare children, but perhaps there is some truth in the ghoulish moans heard in the dead of night, or the creaking floorboards in old draughty houses. Just below the range of human hearing, and just inside the range of Cocoon’s hearing, at 18.9 Hz the fear-frequency starts to make itself felt.
Exposure to this frequency can induce feelings of anxiety, especially over a prolonged period of time or high intensity. Those bumps in the night, and that ‘something’ seen out of the corner of your eye on the stairs, might be something slightly more sinister. (Or maybe not).
Can sound make us see ghosts?
Boom! Crack! Thump! Movement and impact cause atoms in the air to vibrate, with different vibrations creating a range of sound waves. The frequency of a particular sound wave can have a curious effect on objects and even animals in nature. Glasses smashing from terrible singing in comedies may seem like a joke, but if the voice hits a frequency of around 550 Hz playing it loud enough (over 100 dB – for comparison, Cocoon’s built-in siren is 90+ dB) the sound waves vibrate the atoms in the glass so violently that it eventually cracks apart. This means that singing can break glass! (if the voice is loud enough and hitting the right note.)
Similarly, the fear-frequency is at the right range to make the human eyeball vibrate. Luckily this doesn’t cause our eyes to smash, as in the glass example, but it can make us see things. Blurred shapes and shadows that may or may not exist. Combine this with the proven fact that we feel fearful at the same range of sound and it’s not surprising that vibrations of a certain range could explain why some of us, throughout the years, see ghosts.
How Cocoon home security detects ghosts and ghouls
Cocoon’s unique Subsound® technology allows Cocoon home security systems to protect multiple rooms without the need for sensors on your doors and windows. As the movement in your home generates vibrations in the air, Cocoon picks up those sounds to detect intruders, even if they are in another room. It’s what sets Cocoon apart from other home security systems, and why our customers trust us to protect their homes.
The way Cocoon provides multi-room protection is also how it might be able to sense ghosts. By detecting infrasound, those sound waves below the levels of human hearing sitting in the “fear-frequency”, as they vibrate through the air of your home.
So there you have it. Cocoon isn’t just home security without the hassle, it could also be a smart ghost hunting camera. Happy Halloween!
P.S. Stay safe while trick or treating with Cocoon’s top 5 ways to boost your home security this Halloween.