As Bbc reported a Staffordshire University project has experimented how to transport jurors into virtual crime scenes by using green screens, virtual reality headsets like HTC Vive and technology from gaming, engineering and computing.
With HTC Vive into the crime scenes
The project, lead by associate profressor of Forensics, Dr Caroline Sturdy Colls, is the firt of its kind in Europe and received a European Commission research grant of about 140,000 punds. Using the HTC Vive headset is possible to walk around the crime scene which seems incredibly real even if you know it’s just virtual.
If a barrister could do this, he or she could easily guide the jury into the scene of the crime avoiding any confusion tank to its higly detail level. The goal of the project was to create the “best solution” to aid the criminal justice system and help jurors gain a high understanding of crimes.
Affordable costs, but how many times it will require?
Furthermore, according to Simon Tweats, head of justice services at Staffordshire Police, the 689 pounds needed to buy an HTC Vive in the United Kingdom was actually affordable for their resources, since it could make a significant difference with regard to how evidences were presented and “bring to life” complex crime scenes.
By the way, even in UK the wheels of justice are slow and it’s not clear how long it would take before we see this kind of tool be adopted by the courts. Furthermore, before the VR technolgy could be adepted it has to be considered the amount of extra time this procedure might require regarding accurate crime scenes reconstruction activity to a level where they could be considered reliable and informative inside a trial.
That said, the chance to immerse jurors in the case that they’re studying would be invaluable, and it would bring us closer to the future described by Minority Report movie. If you wanna know how it will end, continue to follow Mondivirtuali.it, even through our account on Twitter and our fanpage on Facebook (but remember: Mondivirtuali is also on Flickr, on Pinterest, on Scoop.it e su Paper.li and also on Youtube).