Microsoft and University of Washington bring Minority Report to reality

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In case you don’t remember Minority Report, the 2002 film starring Tom Cruise and directed by Steven Spielberg, the film featured a police officers using immersive interfaces to record and manipulate crime scene data.

At the time, the idea seemed to the far future of sci-fi. But 15 years later, it looks like the technology could be with us sooner then we think.

Entered into Micorsoft’s Design Expo 2017, students from the University of Washington Interactive Design Program are envisioning the HoloLens as the tool that could bring this kind of technology to life.

You can watch the video introducing the idea here.


The entry sees the HoloLens combining with an associated software called TRACE, which would allow crime scene investigators to scan and preserve crime scenes in 3D. Users would then be able to annotate important aspects of the scene, process clues and construct walk throughs and visualisations in VR after the data has been collated.

One of the hopes is that the technology would allow for both the prosecution and defence teams to work collaboratively on investigations, potentially leading to fairer outcomes.

One of the main plus points of the idea is that all of the technology needed to make this all happens already exists. If the idea begins to gain traction, we may see technological solutions like TRACE being implemented in the next decade.

The Interactive Design Program students are eager to take the idea forward and have claimed that police departments have expressed interest, if the accuracy and fidelity of the tech can be demonstrated. in hearing industry leaders discuss subjects like this and sharing their use-cases? Attend the co-located IoT Tech Expo, Blockchain Expo, AI & Big Data Expo and Cyber Security & Cloud Expo World Series with upcoming events in Silicon Valley, London and Amsterdam and explore the future of enterprise technology.

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