Halloween may be around the corner, but the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship persists year-round. In this special Halloween edition we take a look at startups focusing on the extraordinary and paranormal.
From ghost hunting tools to discounted haunted rental property listings, check out these 13 supernatural and spooky tech startup offerings that top our list for 2016.
Vicarious is developing AI algorithms that allow computers to learn like the human brain. Let’s hope its technology doesn’t fall into the wrong hands, à la The Terminator’s Skynet.
Combining a bit of space science fiction and the afterlife, Elysium Space offers a service that sends a symbolic portion of a deceased person’s cremated remains into space.
You may be wondering what a Silicon Valley-based data science startup is doing on this list of spooky innovations. Skytree is working with the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) to develop machine learning technologies for sifting through massive volumes of radio telescope data.
For intrepid Halloween goers up for a bit of paranormal investigation, Ghost Hunter M2 is the leading paranormal investigation toolkit for mobile devices. We first featured this app in the Top 7 Apps for Investigating the Paranormal.
Spacious isn’t just another home and apartment rental website in Hong Kong. The website features a comprehensive rental database and map of untimely deaths for the ghost-averse.
Like Elysium Space, Celestis Memorial Spaceflights specializes in sending a symbolic portion of cremated remains into Earth orbit, onto the lunar surface, and into deep space.
Ghosthunting Toolkit provides real tools for paranormal investigation: an EMF Detector, an “Interrogator” for interviewing intelligent haunts, a vibration detector to verify shaking furniture and fixtures, an EVP recorder, and more. This app was also featured in the Top 7 Apps for Investigating the Paranormal.
Have you ever been alone in your house but feel like you’re being watched? DiedInHouse enables users to find out if anyone has died in their homes for $11.99. The service works in all 50 states.
Do you suffer from frequent nightmares ? Dream:ON enables you to manipulate your dreams by monitoring your movement during the night—at the optimal moment in the sleep cycle, the app will play a themed soundscape. The offering is actually part of a broader initiative to study the science of dreaming through mass participation.
Like Spacious.hk, Squarefoot also provides rental listings and information about haunted houses in Hong Kong. The listings in this category are (sadly) updated frequently.
Millennium Magnetic Technologies (MMT) has essentially developed a technology to read human thoughts. Using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, the service offers clients real-time recordings that correlates with thoughts and emotions.
Death is a fact of life—this startup aims to make the inevitable more bearable for surviving loved ones. Cake enables users to discover, store, and share end-of-life preferences with family and friends, making mortality planning “a piece of cake.”
If ghostly, levitating objects are your fancy—be sure to check out crazybaby, maker of the Mars floating speaker. This out-of-this-world Bluetooth speaker delivers loss-free sound quality and is also waterproof.
In short, there are tech ventures developing products and services for every occasion and need—even those those outside the realm of everyday life. Be sure to keep an eye on these spookily innovative startups in 2016 and beyond.