The IC-CRIME system thoughtfully integrates several powerful commercial technologies. First, it uses the Unity3d digital game engine as a basis for all of the visualization, navigation, and collaboration between its users. All of the virtual laboratory elements and virtual crime scenes are all built using Unity3d.
The Unity3d software provides real-time rendering of 3D graphics, detection of collisions between 3d objects, physics properties of objects in the world, networking, scripting, sound and animations and instantaneous in-scene communications between concurrent users. IC-CRIME leverages the game paradigm supplied by Unity3d as a basis for all of its user interaction.
The video tour sections of this site showcase the integration between the IC-CRIME system and the Unity3d environment. They show how a crime scene investigator could log in to the IC-CRIME system through the web to work a virtual crime scene in collaboration with other investigators.
Another technology employed by IC-CRIME is the laser telemetry scans and enabled by the DeltaSphere hardware and SceneVision software produced by 3rdTech. Although users of IC-CRIME could create 3d models by hand using commercial products like 3dStudioMax, laser scanners provide the advantage of creating models faster, more accurately, and with a greater of being admissible in court.
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