After Google Maps, Google Places and Google Earth, and a host of other ground-breaking products and apps, the Internet giant has now soft-launched the ‘Google Body Browser’, which tech analysts say is the Google Earth of the human body.
If you visit bodybrowser.googlelabs.com in a supported web browser, you’ll get a three-dimensional layered model of the human anatomy that you can zoom in on, rotate and search, Mashabale said in a report on Thursday.
The human body unravels itself before you when you access the Body Browser home page with a compatible browser. And once you type the names of various organs, a virtual tour of the anatomic intricacies comes alive, leaving you the option to adjust the various layers of skin, muscles, tissues and the skeletal system.
What’s really cool is that if you type in an organ or bone or ventricle system, you are taken directly to that area in the anatomy, zoomed in. You can turn labels on or off and the app supports multitouch so users of trackpads (Magic or otherwise) or multi-touch mice can zoom in with ease, writes Christina Warren in Mashable.
The experimental app requires a browser that supports WebGL, a cross-paltform low-level 3D graphics API, she says. Though mainstream browsers are not yet offering WebGL support, the beta versions of Google Chrome, Safari and Firefox all support it, according to her. It uses the HTML5 Canvas element and does not require Flash, Java or other graphical plugins to run.