Google Body Browser
Google Body Browser is a new online application launched in December by Google labs. It is designed to allow users to look up any organ in the human body and learn more about it in three dimensional space. Technically, the Google Body Browser is an application that supports WebGL that lets people explore the insides and outsides of the human body in a similar way to how people can explore the physical world through the Google Earth application. The application is unlike any other that has been freely offered over the internet before, and although it is only in a beta version, it has already garnered a considerable amount of attention from people interested in Google, the human body, and new technology overall.
How to Use It
To use the Google Body Browser, you will need to head over to Google Labs and download a beta version of Google’s Chrome browser, which is Google’s way of making sure you try out their first attempt at an internet browser. Once Chrome has been installed, you will need to restart the browser. From there, you can navigate to the Google Body Browser and load the WebGL 3d graphics API that will run the app within Chrome. Once you have it loaded, you will have a detailed three dimensional model of the human body at your disposal.
There are many potential uses of the Google Body Browser. For starters, you can use it to peel back the anatomical layers of the body, such as the skin, the circulatory system, the mesothelia, and other deepening internal layers of the body. You can also fly through the body in three dimensional space, zooming in and out to obtain closer looks at various aspects of the human body. You can click on individual parts to identify anatomy, or even use the system as a search engine to look for particular bones, organs, and muscles in different areas of the body. It is even possible to navigate to a particular region of the body and share that scene, angle, or image you are looking at through copying and pasting the address in the browser and sending it to friends and family.
The reactions in the media to the Google Body Browser have generally been positive. People have commented on the latest release from Google labs through blogs and social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, and the feature has gained attention on a variety of online news sites such as CNN, FOX, and the New York Times. The overall impression of the Google Body Browser seems to be that it is a potentially useful resource for people interested in educating themselves about the intricacies of the human body. Physicians in the media have noted that the Google Body Browser can serve as a useful reference for physicians and patients looking to inform themselves more before visiting their doctors.
While the Google Body Browser already offers a wide range of features, there are still more features that people on the internet have noted they would like to see in future revisions. Such features include the latin and common names of various body parts and structures, as well as the addition of actual footage and photographs of the equivalent body parts from multiple angles. While the three dimensional anatomical model of the human body provided by the Google Body Browser is handy, it would be even more helpful if it allowed for greater variation in various anatomical features, such as coloration in skin or in the presence of physical deformities. There have also been a few reports of technical difficulties regarding the compatibility of the Body Browser with various internet browsers.