Forensic Chemistry Augmented Reality App or ForChem for short was created to meet the needs of the modern day student that has been indoctrinated to the world of Forensic Science through the eyes of television shows such as CSI. These students are expecting a high paced environment filled with gadgets, technology and excitement at every turn. The unfortunate reality that CSI is just a TV show can be a disappointment which lead to lecturers at Griffith University seeking an alternate solution that would educate students as well as entertain them.
Augmented Reality is a term used to describe an experience with melds technology and the real world into one space, thus providing an augmented view on reality. This was the perfect space to operate for this project. Lectures create a ‘fake’ real world crime scene and bring students in to process the scene with an iPad or Android tablet that gives students access to Police, Fire and Witness statement. Included are manuals and information the students read through to get a deeper understanding of the scenario and how the need to proceed to complete all the tasks set for them.
This app runs not only on iOS and Android devices but also on Mac & PCs so that students can use this in their own space using a webcam. Please visit the ForChem website, there are examples that show students in the environment using this great application.