Every decent animated series has an episode where the show’s heroes are shrunken down and forced to explore the hidden depths of another character’s body. Futurama, Family Guy, Venture Bros, Rick and Morty, etc. The Body VR offers a similar experience but without the laser blasting of harmful cells or any crude jokes about escaping through the anus.
Described as educational entertainment or ‘edutainment’, The Body VR takes you on a journey through the human body to discover how blood cells spread oxygen throughout the body. Enter a living cell to learn how the organelles work together to fight deadly viruses. The experience takes you to seven different locations for an approximate eleven minute running time. A full narration is included with support for multiple languages.
Beyond providing a casual and entertaining experience, The Body VR developers have partnered with universities around the world to develop simulations that will aid in the process of traditional medical education for radiologists, surgeons, and physicians.
If you were slightly turned off by the idea of education then maybe letting you know that The Body VR is free will reel you back in. The Body VR is available for the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear. I spent some time with the Gear VR version, and I can safely say that the app provides a short but entertaining experience and does an excellent job of showing the potential for educational VR.
Michael Vane is a freelance journalist and co-editor of PN2. He’s on Twitter @DrVane