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See Your Insides Animated Via Kinect with <em>Your Anatomy</em>
Walk up to a screen and see your anatomy revealed!
Walk up to a screen and see your anatomy revealed!
This exhibit will be appearing at the 10th annual Maker Faire Bay Area. Don't have tickets yet? Get them here!
This exhibit will be appearing at the 10th annual Maker Faire Bay Area. Don’t have tickets yet? Get them here!

You see yourself mirrored on a screen. Unlike a mirror, as you move closer your internal anatomy seems to be revealed, layer by layer. You can see your animated skeleton, muscles, and internal organs move as you move. Is this a new high tech X-Ray machine? Well no, but it’s still pretty cool.

Diana Salles, a visual artist with a background in scientific illustration and video game animation, originally created the Your Anatomy exhibit for a Halloween haunted house. It is far too cool to be experienced just for one holiday, though.

Up to four people can be displayed at once. The system uses a Kinect V2, a rear projection screen, a projector, and a laptop to create the illusion. As you can see in the video below, seeing your animated anatomy is lots of fun!

https://youtu.be/Zmj862bd3cA

Diana started her career as a scientific illustrator at the American Museum of Natural History. Later she worked as a video game animator for Tiburon Entertainment. She has worked as an assistant professor of computer animation at Syracuse University, and is currently an Assistant Professor of Art at Sam Houston State University.

 

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Andrew Terranova is an electrical engineer, writer and author of How Things Are Made: From Automobiles to Zippers. Andrew is also an electronics and robotics enthusiast and has created and curated robotics exhibits for the Children's Museum of Somerset County, NJ and taught robotics classes for the Kaleidoscope Enrichment in Blairstown, NJ and for a public primary school. Andrew is always looking for ways to engage makers and educators.

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