It seems as though Google invades
nearly every aspect of our online/tech life. With a variety of
products like Search, Gmail, Chrome, Google Checkout, Google
Maps, and Android OS, it's hard not to be sucked into the Google
Now it looks like Google wants to
actually invade the human body. The company just took the wraps off a
new tool which uses WebGL called the Google
Body Browser. The new utility allows you to view the human body
in intricate detail right down to the muscular tissue, skeletal
structure, nervous system, and even major organs.
The Google Body Browser starts off as a
fully clothed person which can then be "zoomed in" to get a
rotatable, 3D look at just about any area of the human body. In
keeping with Google's roots, you can even search for specific bones
and arteries and see them pointed out on the 3D model.
Since the Google Body Browser is based
on WebGL, there is no need for plugins such as Flash or Java.
Instead, you only need a supported browser to enable the demo -- in
this case, that happens to be the Dev release of Chrome 9, or the
latest Firefox 4 beta.
Chrome 8 (stable build) users can also
get in on the action by typing in "about:flags" in the
address bar and then enabling WebGL.
You can see YouTube demonstrations of
the Google Body Browser here
(if you don't have a supported browser). If your browser supports
WebGL, you can try it out for yourself here.