The Virtual Heart, designed for the iPad, was developed in collaboration with XVIVO, the scientific visualization company that created the computer generated images in the Museum’s 13-foot Giant Heart in YOU! The Experience—a dramatic and unprecedented 15,000-square-foot exhibit at MSI that explores what it means to live a healthy and vital life in the 21st century.
Featuring the same highly realistic visual elements as YOU!’s Giant Heart, the Virtual Heart app invites users to explore multiple views of the human heart: an external view and three internal views that realistically depict the heart’s valves, blood flow and electrical system. Offering an internal journey into the human heart most people may not have ever experienced, users can choose to turn on labels that identify different areas of the heart’s structure and can slide their finger up and down the screen to change the view of the heart from external to internal. Red and blue color streams visualize blood flow, and flashes of light highlight the heart’s electrical system.
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