Virtual Reality Crime Scenes

vrResearchers from Staffordshire University’s Centre of Archaeology and Forensic and Crime Science have been awarded a $203,000 European Union grant to research virtual reality crime scene technology. The project will apply a range of digital recording methods to complex criminal investigation, experts say.

(File photo – An attendee tries on the Oculus VR Inc. Rift Development Kit 2 headset at the 2014 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, California June 11, 2014. (REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian)

Although still at the concept stage, the technology could potentially revolutionize how evidence is presented in court.

“The project will use a variety of different techniques to record crime scenes in high definition. We will be trialling the use of drones, laser scanners, photogrammetry and a wide range of other methods used in archaeological research and games technology,” Caroline Sturdy Colls, project lead and associate professor of Forensic Archaeology and Genocide Investigation at Staffordshire University, told FoxNews.com, via email. “The data [we] will collect will be 3D, so this means that we can then create virtual environments from it, into which jurors and experts can be ‘transported’ into a virtual crime scene.”

A number of major tech companies have thrown their weight behind virtual reality. Earlier this year, for example, Oculus, which is owned by Facebook, began shipping its much-anticipated Rift technology. Last week, at its Google I/O developer conference in Mountain View, Calif. Google announced Daydream, a virtual reality platform for Android devices that will debut in the fall. Samsung launched its Gear VR headset last year.

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