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CSI-Like 3D Scanner Goes Handheld

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Posted November 21, 2006 - By JLawson

If you have watched the show CSI or any other crime-solving TV show, there are always computer graphic models employed to make the crime scene represented to the jury. Although fictional for TV, this same process is applied in real courtrooms all the time, but it requires a lot of hours and money to make them come to life.

What if you could create that same 3D scan of an entire crime scene within minutes? Well, it's only two years away.

New Zealand's Industrial Research, with a little help from a fellow Kiwi company we know best for the Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, Weta Digital, is putting a handheld device through the testing process.

The scanner itself can create a fully detailed 3D model of a crime scene in an impressive two minutes. Plus, it is so detailed that you can even capture a 3D rendering of your face. Thus making this beloved scanner every modders dream come true. Who doesn't want to see their mug on Tiger Woods or Madden?!

The current version of the unit consists of a digital camera with an on-board laser that determines the distance to the object and must be connected to a computer. Being that it is just a test model, by the time it rolls out to a CSI case in 2009, this puppy will be running wireless.

At least you won't have to hear David Caruso's horrible catch phrases...

Engadget: Industrial Research creates 3D crime scene/movie set scanner

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