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Google maps the body

After mapping the far reaches of the Earth, to the solar system, Google’s come back to Earth and delved into mapping something much closer to home: humans.

Still in the “labs” stage, Google body browser provides an interactive human body view that can be searched, navigated and stripped back to the nerves, muscle and bone.

Like a lot of Google Labs projects this was put together by a developer getting a break from his/her regular paid duties. Their 20 percent time philosophy frees up engineers to spend one day a week on  something new or a fix they find of their choosing. These 20% projects reap big benefits for Google users so we’ve got to commend them on keeping up the practice.

Brilliantly, Body Browers needs to be used in a web browser with WebGL support, and a handy link to the new Google Chrome beta, making this a development equivalent of a double-double. If you’re anti-Chrome you can also use Firefox 4 beta, otherwise you better be content with just exploring your own body because you won’t get your fingers on Google’s.

[Google Body Browser]

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  1. Leave it to the buys at google to map the entire human body! I suspect students currently enrolled in any anatomy classes will be thrilled with this development. I wonder what they will decide to map next?

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