Augmented Reality Crime Solving
Augmented reality is a digital process that combines live video with computer-generated data and visualisations. At the moment, it’s used most popularly on iPhones, and although the apps are cute and all, researchers at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands decided to develop the technology for something more useful—solving crimes. They’ve built augmented reality goggles, consisting of a two head-mounted 3D cameras that feed video to a laptop carried in a backpack, allowing the wearer to move around and record sound and visual data. The electronic display can also be manipulated with gloves—the left hand controls menus and tools, while the right hand acts as a pointer, able to tag objects of interest like blood splatters or bullet holes. This would allow local police to build a clean, viable record of a crime scene before evidence is removed, and they would be able to communicate with investigators back at the lab, who can watch the stream, help place markers, and speak through the headset. The researchers have tested a prototype at a mock crime scene, and are now enlisting the help of the Dutch police to test it in a real-world environment. Though its initial uses are in crime, I can imagine that other researchers like archaeologists and palaeontologists are eager to try it out too.
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