The true crime genre has long been popular on television and more recently on podcasts featuring shows such as Serial.
Now, a developer is further relying on the fascination with true crime by bringing the experience to augmented reality through the CrimeDoor app.
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The app, which launched as an iOS app this month (Android version coming later), literally gives you an AR door to historical crime scenes, as detailed in important reports throughout history. While the app is free, you need access to in-app purchases to see the full crime scene menu.
But wait before you rush to download the app. It is worth noting that this app is not for the faint of heart and, based on the sample content, it may even bother some users. For example, the first AR experience, offered for free, recreates the 1
Unlike more advanced AR apps, such as Oxygen’s Forensic Detective (designed for the iPad), CrimeDoor doesn’t really empower your environment, but instead gives you a gateway to a VR-like environment that you navigate with a virtual joystick. Other crime scenes include historical cases involving John Lennon, JonBénet Ramsey and others.
When you launch the app and initialize the experience, the 3D rendering initially makes the shocking scene (yes, there is a lot of blood) seem real, that is, until you get closer and see the killed figures appear instead of real recordings of the real people involved. Nonetheless, the scene is disturbing and certainly not for all users. To this end, the app will warn users before launch with a message: “WARNING! Sensitive material. Enter at your own risk.”
That’s not a hype-laced marketing message, the free crime scene featured, though a recreation, may even offend some users. But if real crime is your passion, then this immersive approach to the genre is a new way to investigate some of the most famous crimes in history – if you feel like it.