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Google Body lets you play doctor on Android tablets (video)

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It’s like the Google Maps of human anatomy. Google Body, which is already available in web form, can now run on Android tablets that use the 3.0 Honeycomb version of Google’s mobile operating system. Using 3D graphics capabilities of the latest tablets such as Motorola’s Xoom, the hardware is now good enough to properly display a 3D-heavy app such as Google Body, which lets you look at your organs, muscles and bones.

This kind of app is a leap above what was possible on tablet computers just a year ago, and it shows you how fast mobile computing is changing. It also shows off what is possible now with the fast-growing Android platform, and that’s why Google demoed it on Wednesday at the Honeycomb press event at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. With Google Body, you can see what particular organs look like, or search for bones, and the animation will display the spot that you are looking for. You can rotate the image and get a real 3D view.

Maybe games aren’t your thing. But that doesn’t mean that the 3D graphics capabilities of the tablets will go to waste. There are some broader-reach apps that will likely make use of all of the horsepower in the new Android tablets.

The free app will be useful in education and will help people understand their anatomy better when they go to their doctors to complain about their aches and pains. Check out Google Body in the video below.

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