Form & Function 3D

Client: Leap Motion
Goals: Form & Function 3D is an educational tool meant to return a sense of space to learning comparative anatomy. By integrating the Leap Motion controller with models of commonly dissected animal specimens, students have the freedom to explore structures while maintaining the fidelity of spatial information.
Made with: Unity, Leap Motion SDK, Autodesk Maya, Autodesk Mudbox, 3D Slicer, 3D Coat, Adobe Illustrator

In any 3D virtual environment, object selection with a mouse becomes difficult if the scene is densely populated and structures are occluded. Medical illustrators face a unique design challenge since models of anatomy represent environments in which there is no true empty space. Consequently, accessing occluded objects requires a user to distort his or her point of view or to remove obstructions entirely. Although individual structures can be observed, important information about the spatial relationships of the anatomy is lost. For students in undergraduate anatomy courses, understanding spatial relationships is essential.

Explore and compare the hearts of three different animals:

  • Shark (Squalus acanthias)
  • Salamander (Necturus maculosus)
  • Cat (Felis domestica)

Anatomically accurate models of each heart were generated from CT scans, which were retopologized and optimized for use in Unity.