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  C. Software that Provides 3-D Virtual Environments

Narrator: This is Science Today. Computer scientists at the University of California, San Diego have created a software application that constructs three-dimensional virtual environments using live video feeds. Computer science and engineering professor, Neil McCurdy, says the program is called ‘RealityFlythrough'.

McCurdy: It's basically just situating still photographs or live video in a three-dimensional environment. So, basically what we're doing is we're flattening space to two dimensions and then trying to re-project this in three dimensions.

Narrator: McCurdy says the viewer can then navigate the integrated, interactive environment as if it were a video game. Such a program has various uses, including disaster response scenarios.

McCurdy: Where first responders are wearing head-mounted cameras and they fan out through a disaster scene and they're broadcasting their live feeds back to command and control. Command and control could then monitor these live video feeds and get situational awareness as they move through the scene, on their own.

Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.