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Google invades the human body

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 Voice, Google Maps, and Android OS, it's hard not to be sucked into the Google ecosystem.

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 and here (if you don't have a supported browser). If your browser supports WebGL, you can try it out for yourself here.

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No Luck
By bubbastrangelove on 12/16/2010 11:44:45 AM , Rating: 5
I'm still unable to locate the g-spot.

RE: No Luck
By amanojaku on 12/16/2010 12:02:01 PM , Rating: 3
The cake is a lie.

RE: No Luck
By Anoxanmore on 12/16/2010 1:03:34 PM , Rating: 2
You're fingering it wrong. ;)

RE: No Luck
By Souka on 12/16/2010 1:22:24 PM , Rating: 2
That's because you're a dude...

RE: No Luck
By The Raven on 12/16/2010 2:14:04 PM , Rating: 2
More useless tech from Google ;-P

RE: No Luck
By quiksilvr on 12/16/2010 3:10:53 PM , Rating: 2
Oh God...ITS TOP DEAD CENTER BEHIND THE CLITORIS. My GOODNESS how do men not find this?!

RE: No Luck
By Souka on 12/16/2010 4:08:43 PM , Rating: 3
So I have to remove the clitoris to access it?

Sounds complicated

RE: No Luck
By jarman on 12/16/2010 5:20:40 PM , Rating: 5
Always remember to unplug the power supply before before removing any hardware...

RE: No Luck
By PrezWeezy on 12/16/2010 6:46:32 PM , Rating: 2
I think you're supposed to ground yourself with the alligator clamp too...

RE: No Luck
By ARoyalF on 12/16/2010 10:03:22 PM , Rating: 2
Where do the alligator clips go again?

RE: No Luck
By chunkymonster on 12/17/2010 8:46:30 AM , Rating: 3
On the nipples...

RE: No Luck
By Moishe on 12/20/2010 3:38:14 PM , Rating: 2
It's only the guys who are oblivious and some women.

Anyone who tries in the least bit can find it and use it to its fullest potential.

RE: No Luck
By IceBreakerG on 12/17/2010 7:59:49 AM , Rating: 2
That's what she said.

By kattanna on 12/16/2010 11:09:26 AM , Rating: 2
just played with it a bit.

though i couldnt get chrome beta to work, only FF4 beta


RE: impressive
By B3an on 12/16/2010 11:41:33 AM , Rating: 2
Same with me. It does somewhat work for me in the latest Chrome dev build. But it does not render things correctly like the hair, or bones. I wouldn't have noticed if i didn't try it in FF4. Also FF has no AA, while chrome does.

So even for WebGL each browser renders it differently... great! just what we need. As if it's not bad enough with all the other web standards, and just getting a page to look consistent in them all.

Atleast Flash is getting real 3D support now, and the ability to use DirectX and OpenGL. So things will look the same regardless of browser as the Flash plugin renders it. Check out this demo:

RE: impressive
By marvdmartian on 12/17/2010 8:05:45 AM , Rating: 1
It should make it easier for us to spot the Terminators, when they show up, though.

"Outer skin, check.....muscle tissue, check.....metal skeleton, hydraulics and power cell.......hey, wait a second!!"

I knew it!
By Marlonsm on 12/16/2010 1:08:40 PM , Rating: 2
It's a proof Google is spying on us...
They know more about me than even myself!


Seriously, tho, it's a good example of how browser-based cross-platform applications can work, even graphic intensive ones. The only problem I see with this migration to cloud computing is that I like to have all my data and programs stored with me, not in the cloud, so I can use them all the time, even if I don't have a working internet connection.

RE: I knew it!
By Souka on 12/16/2010 1:23:42 PM , Rating: 2
I didn't know Google was accessing my desktop webcam, or the one under my desk.... :)

"Google Body Browser Gives Detailed Look at Your Inner Workings"

By jimhsu on 12/16/2010 11:42:57 AM , Rating: 2
Took a first year course in anatomy. Have to say that this would have been very helpful. Missing a few things (i.e. lumbosacral trunk [they have the sacral plexus, but didn't label the individual components]). Their cranial stuff is especially impressive - no complaints there for a difficult part of anatomy.

Visible Body
By armagedon on 12/16/2010 6:54:16 PM , Rating: 2
Nice but that has been done a long time ago. Anyone heard about the Visible Body project. It's way more advanced and date years ago. I think it works in any browser with a small plugin download. The full model in not free but you can you can try the head demo.

It works but cumbersome
By 5150Joker on 12/19/2010 11:10:33 PM , Rating: 2
I was trying to click on the phrenic nerves and vagus nerves and it took forever for the program to identify and label them. I wasn't able to get the brachial plexus to show up. ADAMs works much better in identification (as it should) but this program has potential as long as they make it more accurate for identifying specific parts. I could definitely have used something like this when I was taking Anatomy in med school.

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