Zygote Body, formerly Google Body, is a web application by Zygote Media Group that rendered manipulable 3D anatomical models of the human body. Several layers from muscle tissues down to blood vessels could be made transparent to allow better study of individual body parts. Most of the body parts were labeled and searchable.
Zygote Body was launched as Google Body on December 15, 2010. On April Fools Day 2011, users were greeted with the anatomy of a cow on the home page. The cow model is still available as part of the open-3d-viewer open source project.
As part of the wind down on Google Labs, it was announced that Google Body will be shut down but will continue to be maintained by Zygote as Zygote Body. On October 13, 2011 the Google Body site was shut down. Then on January 9, 2012 Zygote Body was launched and core code base (with the Google Cow model as a demo) was made available as an open source project called open-3d-viewer.
- Chitu, Alex (01 April 2011). "Google April Fools' Day 2011". Google Operating System unofficial blog. Retrieved 27 January 2012.
- Zeiger, Roni (January 9, 2012). "Google Body becomes Zygote Body; built on open source 3D viewer". Google Open Source blog. Google. Retrieved 27 January 2012.
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