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posted by mattie_p on Sunday February 16 2014, @09:17AM   Printer-friendly
from the or-are-you-happy-to-see-me dept.

Gaaark writes:

"Remember the 3-dimensional crime scene that Kirk inspected on his tablet in Star Trek Into Darkness?

Australian police are now able to do just that; though not currently in a quality that meets Star Fleet standards.

According to Ars Technica, a device called 'the Zebedee handheld mapping scanner' (developed by CSIRO, Australia's national science research agency) allows Australian police to obtain a 3D map of a crime scene in about 20 minutes.

There is an interesting video of a forest walk-through and the 3D results, plus other results."

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  • (Score: 5, Informative) by chebucto on Sunday February 16 2014, @03:32PM

    by chebucto (36) on Sunday February 16 2014, @03:32PM (#270) Journal

    This ability already exists in the form of LiDAR survey stations, though the ones I've seen so far need to be mounted on stationary tripod for the duration of the scan. They look something like this [].

    This scanner is much smaller and looks handheld, though given that it needs 20 minutes to complete a scan, I wounder whether it can be hand-held during the scan or whether it needs to be stationary. Either way, the miniaturization is nice to see.

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