When virtual reality (VR) was introduced in the 1980s, the technology was still in its infancy. Early VR games were disappointing experiences, and few other industries saw immediate potential in the emerging technology.
With the immense horsepower of today’s computers and gaming platforms, however, VR is poised to make the mother of all comebacks in all manner of industries and institutions.
10Virtual Crime Scenes
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Physical tours of crime scenes by juries are no longer as prevalent as they once were, largely supplanted by high-definition photography and video equipment.
But one British research team is making a strong case for VR headsets as standard courtroom equipment.
The British have long been proponents of this use of the technology, having completed a study over a decade ago at William and Mary College which found it feasible.
Today, a Staffordshire University team is engaged in an extended study using multiple VR platforms, including those designed for gaming.
Crime scenes can be scanned using lasers or documented in 3-D video using drones.
The Ministry of Justice has high hopes that the relatively inexpensive technology can help keep costs down by making complex information much easier to clarify, resulting in fewer hearings.