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Bringing the jury to the crime scene via a 3D headset: Virtual reality leads to more consistent verdicts


Carolin Reichherzer simulating a hit-and-run scene viewed through a 3D headset. Credit: University of South Australia

As any juror will tell you, piecing together a crime from a series of documents tendered in a courtroom is no easy feat, especially when a person's future hangs in the balance.

Delivering the correct verdict on car accident and murder cases is contingent on good spatial awareness, but short of being at the scene of the crime, the room for error is large.

However, thanks to the advent of virtual reality (VR), jurors now have a better chance of making the right decision.

A new study published by the University of South Australia provides overwhelming evidence in favor of using VR in the courtroom, effectively dropping jurors right in the middle of a car accident or murder scene.

A team of UniSA researchers, legal professionals, police and forensic scientists simulated a hit-and-run ...


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