Have you ever had the curiosity to learn more about the human body?
If you answered “Yes”, maybe you ambitiously bought an anatomy textbook, or eagerly searched online for human anatomy images.
The challenge is that using an anatomy textbook can often be overwhelming because of too much detailed information. When searching online, you only get bits and pieces of the human anatomy puzzle, with no free resources that present an accurate and helpful picture.
In December 2010, Google engineers quietly addressed this challenge by creating a free 3D human anatomy web application that can only be described as brilliant. The last several months this web application was taken down, but just this week Zygote Body (formerly called Google Body) became active again.
Here’s a guide that will show you how to best use Zygote Body, which reveals the beauty and complexity of the human body in a fun and engaging way.
Zygote Body Feature #1 | Gender
If you have ever wondered how men and women are different anatomically, the ability to view a male or female model will allow you to easily see the differences.
Zygote Body Feature #2 | Analyze the Human Body Systems
The core feature of Zygote Body is the ability to virtually dissect the body starting from what is most superficial from the skin, muscles, and bones all the way down to veins and nerves. A horizontal bar on the left hand side menu allows you to scroll upward and downward to make the complex task of dissection a breeze in a bloodless and seamless way.
On the bottom of the left hand menu is the ability to separate out the various human body systems for further analysis. Here is an example of how you can dissect the body:
Zygote Body Feature #3 | Zoom Control
While the ability to virtually dissect the human body effortlessly is remarkable, the detail with which you can view the human model is simply breathtaking. You are able to see anything from striations in the muscles, to separation between muscles, to the precise sizes and shapes of the various organs. Simply use your mouse scroll, or press the + and – signs on the top left side of the bar to zoom in and out.
Zygote Body Feature #4 | Rotation
Not only can you easily zoom in and out as you analyze the various body parts, but you can rotate the figure with ease simply by dragging your mouse across the screen. The combination of the zoom, rotation, and dissection make this application incredibly fun and easy to use.
Zygote Body Feature #5 | Identify Any Body Part
As you are exploring the human body, if you want to know the name of a body part you see, all you have to do is click on it. In this example I clicked on the sternum:
Zygote Body Feature #6 | Pin Any Body Part
If there is one body part you want to focus on, you can click the pin icon after clicking that body part. As you further dissect the model, the body part you pinned stays clearly on the screen. This allows for an amazing spatial awareness of various body parts relative to each other that simply is not possible in an anatomy textbook, no matter how skilled the artist. In this example I pinned the right lung:
Zygote Body Feature #7 | Search Bar
Is there a certain body part you want to analyze quickly? Just use the search bar, which automatically zooms on that body part. In this example, I’m searching for “heart”:
Zygote Body Wish List
I hope that Zygote Body can be a helpful resource for you, or simply spark your fascination with the human body. It’s an exceptional engineering achievement that is very useful!