The internet search giant Google is all set to unveil a new high-tech application browser that will map out the entire human body. Termed the ‘Google Body Browser’, the technology would help in better understanding of the human anatomy and would help to advance medical-research. “Body Browser is a detailed 3D model of the human body,” Google said in an introduction. “You can peel back anatomical layers, zoom in, and navigate to parts that interest you. Click to identify anatomy, or search for muscles, organs, bones and more.”.
Google showed off the app at the WebGL Camp. WebGL is a cross-platform low-level 3D graphics API that is designed to bring plugin-free 3D to the web. It uses the HTML5 Canvas element and does not require Flash, Java or other graphical plugins to run. 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. WebGL support hasn’t hit mainstream browsers, but the beta versions of Google Chrome, Safari and Firefox all support it.
When you open Google Body Browser in a WebGL-enabled program, you’re greeted with a three-dimensional layered model of the human anatomy that you can zoom in on, rotate and search. While you start using the Google Body Browser layering tool, located below the zoom controls is the layering tool that allows peeling back layers of the body to see detailed views of the human anatomy. With the help of a compatible browser, the Body Browser home page can be visited that shows off the human body. The various layers of skin, muscles, tissues and the skeletal system can be adjusted very easily. The most interesting fact drawn is that if organ or bone or ventricle system is typed down, it directly takes the viewer to that area in the anatomy, zoomed in. The labels can turn labels on or off and the app supports multitouch so users of trackpads multi-touch mice can zoom in with ease.
Google Software engineers are making the best out of HTML5 web standard and with the WebGL support built-in, the browser doesn’t require any additional Flash, Java or any other graphics plugin to be loaded. Body Browser might be supported in latest beta/final versions Chrome, Firefox and Opera web browsers in the near future.
The application, yet to be released officially, lets one explore the human body in much the same way you can navigate the world on Google Earth – a virtual globe, map and geographical information programme. In 2007, Google introduced another application called Street View which provides panoramic views from various positions along many streets in the world.