Irish developer releases first 3D human anatomy iPad app


11 Aug 2010

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An iPad app that not only lets the users explore the ins and outs of the human heart but also hear and feel the heartbeat has been released by Irish medical apps developer eMedia Interactive as the latest addition to its Pocket Anatomy series.

Pocket Heart from Pocket Anatomy displays in glorious 3D the anatomical structure of the human heart, layer by layer and valve by valve.

This app already exists on the iPhone but the key difference for the new iPad app is not only a bigger screen size on which to explore the human body but a neat touch is that you can feel and heart the pumping of this virtual human heart, getting a real feel for how it works in terms of blood flow and the functions of the various arteries and veins.

The app is aimed at students and parents as well as doctors and others in the healthcare industry. While it functions well as a study tool when prepping for biology or anatomy exams it also works equally well on the iPad as a platform to demonstrate diagnoses and surgical procedures to patients.

Interestingly this is not the only Irish company to see the patient care benefits of the iPad. Cork-based technology start-up KM Medical Software is working with the Cork Medical Centre to roll out iMedDoc apps on the iPad.

EMedia Interactive’s Pocket Anatomy is also creating links of its own: "eMedia, in conjunction with NUIG have also developed an iPhone and iPad app for medical students called Pocket Body. This will be launched in early September, and is the first in a range of new medical apps being developed by eMedia for medical students," says founder and managing director Mark Campbell.

Pocket Heart by Pocket Anatomy is available for download now for €3.99 from the App Store.