The Visible Body looks really neat and claims it will be released with free access (requiring registration) any day now.
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The Visible Body features a 360 degree, whole-body, 3D model that allows unparalleled investigation and study of human anatomy and physiology. Available on the Web, the Visible Body runs in Internet Explorer on any PC* connected to the Internet. A free, fully interactive release is scheduled for mid-November 2007.
With the Visible Body, users can:
• View highly detailed models of all body systems.
• Search for and locate anatomical structures by name.
• Click on anatomical structures to reveal names.
• Rotate and explore anatomy in a virtual space.
• Peel away layers to view relative placement of the components of all body systems.
• See placement of specific organs relative to other anatomical structures.
• View anatomical structures with or without surrounding anatomy.
• Investigate anatomy virtually, without the costly cadaver lab.
*System Requirements: Windows XP/2000/Vista, Internet Explorer 6.0 or above, Flash Player 8.0+.
I can imagine a lot of uses for such a tool…but if the free tool is everything the video claims, I can’t help but wonder why it is free. Is it just a very expensive (and cool) way to publicize what Argosy can do?