first_imgStay on target Put Women on U.S. Currency With Google’s AR AppGoogle Maps’ AR Navigation Rolls Out to More Devices For more than 20 years, the traveling Body Worlds exhibition has given visitors an inside look (literally) at how human and animal bodies work, using the decades-old process of plastination.Now, The Tech Museum of Innovation is putting a “Silicon Valley twist” on the display—taking folks even deeper into our anatomy via augmented reality.Body Worlds Decoded, and its proprietary Iris AR system—built in partnership with the Institute for the Future, on the Google Tango platform—launched on Sunday.“Body Words Decoded is one of the most ambitious and exciting anatomy experiences ever created,” Tim Ritchie, president and CEO of The Tech Museum of Innovation, said in a statement.“The human body contains so many mysteries,” he continued. “And the implementation of AR and all of its capabilities stand to provide valuable clues in unlocking those secrets and inspiring the next generation of advances in medicine and physiology.”You’ve already seen the Body Worlds exhibit (multiple times, if you’re a nerd like me)? Great. You’ve never seen it like this.Visualize yourself at Body Worlds Decoded (via The Tech Museum of Innovation)Attendees can view and interact with lifelike models and virtual objects: Take a 360-degree walk around a 3D beating heart, see how concussions affect the brain and skull, and get a new perspective inside the center of an eyeball.“This is the future of museums,” according to Toshi Anders Hoo, director of the Institute for the Future’s Emerging Media Lab. “AR is about to transform how we interpret our world and how we approach education.”Borrow one of the museum’s Iris-enabled Lenovo Phab 2 Pro handsets to explore eight full-body plastinates and more than 60 anatomical specimens—from the smallest organs to the most complex systems (including nervous, respiratory, and cardiovascular to urinary, reproductive, digestive, and locomotive).Visitors are also encouraged to get crafty, sketching their own anatomical designs, or admiring an art installation inspired by “the wonder and mystery of the human body.”Admission to The Tech Museum of Innovation—open daily (except Thanksgiving and Christmas) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 201 S. Market St. in San Jose—includes access to Body Worlds Decoded.Funded by Ann and John Doerr, a Silicon Valley venture capitalist, the exhibit is set for a 10-year run, promising periodic updates with new 3D models, animations, specimens, and other content.“Body Worlds Decoded is an experience like no other,” Doerr said. “It is our dream that it will inspire youth and contribute to a greater understanding of the life sciences.”Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img