Behold Google's Body Browser in WebGL -- Google Earth for the Human Body (And the Shape of Avatars to Come)
The Google Body Browser is very cool application of WebGL, the 3D graphics protocol that was just integrated into Google Chrome's Beta channel today. To check it out, you'll of course need to download Chrome Beta or Firefox Beta. It displays a human body in full 3D, and at the moment (it's only a 20% complete application), you can move your camera view around it entirely. But that's just the start:
Essentially, the Body Browser is Google Earth for the human body, and can display its many systems in real time: skeletal, nervous, internal organs, and so on. As shown in the above screenshot, body parts are searchable and displayable as keywords. The medical/educational aspects here are immediately obvious, but it also points to the future of avatars in WebGL. Unsurprisingly, I found this link in the social media channel of Henrik Bennetsen, the Linden Lab veteran who recently launched KataSpace, a virtual world platform running on WebGL.