In college, we had to dissect a baby pig. The smell was so strong that to this day the scent of cold ham turns my stomach.
Too bad we didn’t have this. From the Media Lab of Emantras comes Virtual Frog, an iPad app that allows you to dissect a frog virtually but very realistically. It’s all of the anatomy lesson with none of the gross touching or smelling.
Emantras recommends using Virtual Frog as a practice run before you do an actual dissection, or as a replacement for the real thing. The app comes with virtual pins, scalpel, marker, and forceps, to make your virtual dissection as real as possible. The big draw here is the 3D frog anatomy, which you can manipulate in real time after extraction. Swipe the iPad screen to turn an organ and examine every last detail of the thing.
Virtual Frog will cost you $5 in the App Store. (I have an image in my head of a marketing campaign for this similar to chicken chain Chick-fil-A’s cows and their “Eat Mor Chikin” signs. Hmm, what would the frogs say, though? Something about “keep your scalpel to yourself” or “cut my skin and I’ll give you warts”? Got any good ones?)
Be sure to watch the video below to see it in action.