Visible Body

3 stars

Course: Anatomy Lecture
Ownership: Argosy Publishing, Inc.
URL: http://www.visiblebody.com/products/
Cost: Range of costs under $100 for individuals. Institutional site licenses are available. Evaluation copies for college and university instructors are available on request. Free trials are available after completing a short form.

This resource provides various apps, videos, and downloadable programs with detailed 3D computer graphics of anatomy structures. The visuals are clean, detailed, interactive, and up to a medical student’s level. However, there are no corresponding lectures, there are no quizzes/exams, and no textbook material is provided. This resource could not be used for an anatomy lab due to the lack of cadaver dissections. 

FULL DESCRIPTION

This resource includes a variety of products for purchase including apps, videos, and downloadable software, all featuring various 3D modules on human anatomy. The modules contain 3D detailed anatomy structures that would be effective to supplement an anatomy lecture or lab course. It has great interactive features of 3D rotation/ zoom in/ add and hide, etc. All diagrams are computer graphics which are clean and detailed. They would make great study materials, but could never replace cadaver dissections.

USABILITY

None of these products could replace an entire anatomy lecture. However, the interactive 3D graphics could be incorporated into faculty lectures or could be used as study material for medical students. This resource could not replace any part of an anatomy lab, as it provides no cadaver pictures or video dissections.

FACULTY TIME REQUIREMENTS

These products could only save faculty time by providing 3D images of anatomy structures to incorporate into lectures. However, faculty would still need to develop and provide lectures, create a course schedule, produce quizzes/exams, and provide corresponding textbook material.

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS

The products are available for PC, Mac, Android, and iOS devices. Each product is accessed offline after they are initially downloaded, which is great for areas of low bandwidth or inconsistent internet. Depending on which device you use to run each App, the specific Hardware and system requirements are as follows (as listed from the Visible Body website):

For PC: 2 GB RAM; 2 GHz Pentium 4 processor or better; Windows XP/Vista/7/8; Dedicated video card with 64+ MB on-board RAM; 1024x768 screen resolution or better
For Mac: 2 GB RAM; Intel processor; Latest version of OS X 10.6/10.7/10.8/10.9; Dedicated video card with 64+ MB on-board RAM; 1024x768 screen resolution or better
For iOS devices: iOS 6.0 or later; iPad 2 or later; and iPhone 4 or later
For Android devices: 1 GHz processor or higher; 512 MB RAM or higher; and 480 x 800 pixel display or larger
For Facebook App: Up to date versions of Chrome, IE, or Safari; and Unity Web Player
For Windows Touch: Windows 8.1/Windows RT 8.1; supported processors: x86, x64, ARM