Google Expands to a New Frontier: The Human Body

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The company that wants to be your everything for search has just brought its technology to a new area: the human body.

Google has just unveiled Body Browser, a detailed 3D model of the human body. Running only in browsers that support the new WebGL graphics standard (currently just Google Chrome or the latest Firefox beta), Body Browser lets you peel back the body's anatomical layers, zoom in, and navigate to parts that interest you.

Click to identify bits of the human anatomy, or search for muscles, organs, bones and more. The ability to zoom in and out of the body, and to unravel it at the click of a mouse, is entertaining and informative.

You can also share the exact scene you are viewing by copying and pasting the corresponding URL. Can't recall quite what the fibular collateral ligament looks like, for example? That's the one on the outside of the knee, of course; you can find it with a quick search and share it with your anatomically inquisitive friends. Hunting for a close up view of the sternum? You can see that, as well.

The product is available currently from the Google Labs site, where the company unveils early versions of new projects.