Yet another app shown off at the Android Honeycomb event today was Google’s own Body, made to run on tablets. Using the same “layers” mechanic as Google Maps, you can peel back the parts of the human body like a big, gross onion and see what’s inside. Tapping on bones or muscles will pop up with their name, or if a name’s all you have to work with, you can type in a search query and get directed.
This shows great potential for Android tablets in the medical field, and assuming an API is made available at some point, Google Body could provide the skeleton (hyuk-hyuk) for some pretty awesome medical apps in the future. Combined with some excellent medical Android apps already in the Market, the iPad will soon find some hefty competition in hospitals.
Google Body for Android Honeycomb strikes me a snazzier version of the app RIM showed off on the PlayBook back at Adobe MAX. What I’d love to see eventually is some skeleton/motion tracking which would let you use the tablet as a virtual x-ray machine, kind of like what these guys are doing with the Microsoft Kinect.
Anyway, if you’d like to give Google Body a shot, you can try it out in your web browser right now.