‘V-Frog’ Simulates Dissection
V-Frog virtual-reality-based frog dissection software allows not mere observation, but actually simulates nearly unlimited manipulation of specimen tissue. As a result, every dissection is different, reflecting each student’s individual work. Students can “pick up” a scalpel, cut open V-Frog’s skin, and explore the internal organs with true real-time interaction and 3-D navigation. Develped by Tactus Technologies, the software’s research and development drew upon some 120 sources in its overall production. It allows for comparative anatomy, letting users make parallels and contrasts between the amphibian’s physiology and that of a human being, crab and other organisms. In addition, the package allows students to watch a beating heart, observe digestion, dissect, probe and perform endoscopic procedures.