German Police Use HTC Vive to Prosecute Nazi War Criminal

Ralf Breker's Team / Bavarian State Criminal Investigation Office

Ralf Breker’s Team / Bavarian State Criminal Investigation Office

The jury is still out on whether VR is the next big thing in gaming in my humble opinion. That doesn’t mean that it won’t become a big thing over time, but we’re still a ways off. Virtual Reality however, can and already has proven, in some circumstances, that it can be a very powerful tool.

Case and point, German police used an HTC Vive headset to prosecute a Nazi war criminal who worked at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. The forensics team created a detailed digital model of the camp using historical maps and thousands of photos from the time period. Using an HTC Vive, they were then able to see exactly what the accused would have seen, therefore he could not use the Sgt. Schultz, “I SEE NOTHING I KNOW NOTHING” defense.

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