BioDigital Human moves learning beyond textbook diagrams and the life-sized skeleton in the corner of the science classroom! This tool is an interactive 3D environment providing a stunningly realistic way to examine the human body. Students can explore and manipulate the 3D images as they zoom in and out of the various layers of anatomical animations. Descriptions of health conditions related to each system of the human body are included. Grades: 7–12
BioDigital on Wikipedia
BioDigital is a New York-based biomedical visualization company that is often referred to as being "Google Earth for the Human Body". BioDigital offers an interactive, 3D software platform that enables individuals and business to explore and visualize health information. Their flagship product, the BioDigital Human, is a "searchable, customizable map of the human body".
The BioDigital Human Platform has over a million users, including doctors, medical students, and yoga instructors.New York University School of Medicine has used the software to teach medical students about anatomy.
The company also offers a set of API’s that allow developers to use the company’s imaging technology.
The company was founded in 2002 on the premise that 3D technology could be leveraged to make medical topics more comprehensible, accessible, and compelling. In 2011, the company expanded their technology to reach the greater public, compiling all visualizations into a proprietary web-based virtual model of the human body, the BioDigital Human. The BioDigital Human was one of the early systems to leverage WebGL, which allows any supported browser to render 3D models in webpages without plugins.
Awards and recognition
The company also received an ON for Learning Award from Common Sense Media in March 2014.
BioDigital was honored as a Best Health Digital Resource by the Health Information Resource Center's Web Health Awards in June 2014.
BioDigital has partnered with the international charity Smile Train for the creation of a cleft lip and palate simulator. The simulator is an interactive teaching tool designed to train surgeons in developing countries on cleft lip and palate surgical repair. BioDigital and Smile Train received an award for Outstanding Achievement in Modeling & Simulation by the National Training Simulation Association in December 2013. The companies were selected to showcase the technology at the 2014 TEDMED Conference in Washington DC.
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- BioDigital Maps the Human Body, Raises $4M. Pitchbook.Sep. 27, 2013
- TEDMED.  "Can medical school be a “Fantastic Voyage?”". 2012
- SXSW  "SXSW Interactive Reveals Winners of the 2013 Interactive Awards". 2013.
- Common Sense Media.  "ON for Learning Awards 2014 Award Winners.
- Health Information Resource Center.  "Web Health Awards".
- 2015 Edison Award Winners.
- Smile Train.  "Smile Train and BioDigital Inc wins award for Outstanding Achievement in Modeling & Simulation". (2013)
- Smile Train.  "Smile Train and BioDigital Selected to Showcase Virtual Surgery Simulator in The Hive at TEDMED 2014".