Body Worlds Decoded – The Tech Interactive
Body Worlds Decoded puts a Silicon Valley twist on the incredible plastinated human bodies that have sparked curiosity and awe around the world through Gunther von Hagens’ Institute for Plastination. With the use of augmented reality and other emerging technologies, visitors can examine organs and body systems through immersive 3D models.
In partnership with the Institute for the Future, The Tech created Iris, a custom AR system built on the Google Tango platform. Iris uses the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro, a Tango-enabled smartphone, allowing visitors to view and interact with 3D models.
Eight full-body plastinates and more than 60 anatomical specimens have been provided by Gunther von Hagens’ Institute for Plastination. Explore the smallest organs to the most complex systems, including nervous, respiratory, cardiovascular, urinary, reproductive, digestive and locomotive.
A fixed installation at The Tech Interactive in San Jose, California.
Android tablets are loaned out to visitors with the custom AR software pre-installed. The software recognises certain objects or locations within the installation, overlaying 3D models and informational text.
Each visitor receives their own tablet to view the experience.
Youth, Adults, Seniors
As the installation features preserved human bodies and organs parental guidance is advised.
Staff are on hand to loan out tablets and give instructions to visitors.