My family recently purchased the Wii gaming system, for a while I wanted to have the gaming system since it seems like everyone else had it. Not only is the system, fun, the games they have developed are unique and fun for all ages. My dad who is someone we call “computer illiterate” finds humor in jumping around or pretending the living room is a bowling alley. The technology has gotten better in my opinion over time. Similar to the Wii is the kinetic phenomenon that picks up sensors from the persons body without holding controllers. It’s amazing to me how one’s movements can translate from reality to a character that resembles them on the TV screen.
It would be interesting to use this same technology in the courtroom recreating movements and reenacting scenes from events throughout the case and trial process. Giving life to a story helps lawyers “tell the story” of what happened between the two parties. This also allows jurors to get a sense of what happened on that given day or to visually see the movement and interaction in question. The Wii and kinetic are systems of fun and games but the actual technology, sensor pick up and translation from human movement to the screen can be useful as a visual aid for attorneys or the trial team in a case. Having the defendant or plaintiff reenact what happened on the day of the event can be more useful than words or straight testimony if a picture can accompany their words.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, what if you take that idea a step further and provide actual re-creation of the movements and actions of the parties in question to provide a “accurate” and “representative” picture or continuous movements of the events that took place. Would this or could this be used in a courtroom, that’s the underlying question; but with the advances of technology we could see a courtroom version of the Wii or kinetic system in the future; as sensor pickup and translation from simple movement from a human can be transferred over to a resemble them on a TV could be the “new” way to tell a story in trial.
The attached link looks at animating evidence in the courtroom by using advances in gaming systems similar to the idea I mentioned using the Wii and kinetic senor pickup.