#macworld2011 -- apps give you a 3-D view on the human body

While at Macworld I got to see a great demo of 3-D anatomy and phsyiology apps on the iPad. These apps are perfect for students, for doctors who need to explain something particular to a patient and want to graphically illustrate the situation, and for people who are simply curious about the human body. 3D4Medical has a total of 25 apps, including both free and paid. They range from the skeletal system to the cardiovascular system to the muscle system, with the price ranging from $15-22 on the iPad and less than $10 on the iPhone.

One really neat feature is the way the apps let you add or strip away layers. The video, for example, first shows a knee joint but then during the demo you can see how it can be overlain with a 3-D image that of cartilage and tendons.

Here's another good demo.

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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.