Anatomy 4D – An Augmented Reality Human Body App for IOS

Anatomy 4D is a very cool free app for iPhones and iPads which allows you to explore an augmented reality 3D body.

Augmented reality makes use of a webcam to superimpose animations over the world you usually experience. When the webcam sees special markers printed on paper it replaces them with a 3d model which you can move and manipulate simply my moving the piece of paper around.

In Anatomy 4D, as you ipad relative to the piece of paper you can explore a model of the human body. It’s a fun way to explore the body.

Anatomy 4D 1

Tabs on the bottom of the screen let you switch off and on different organ systems. So you can focus just on the skeletal system, or digestive system for instance.

You can also change the gender of the model you’re looking at. The app does have an age rating of 17+ for nudity which is a little silly, but I guess is trying not to fall foul of Apple’s rules.


The best bit is that it’s a free app- so it’s well worth downloading just to try it out. The paper marker can be emailed to another computer for printing out, which is handy.

You can download Anatomy 4D here.

If you like that, but don’t have access to an iPad then check out LearnAR. which works with a webcam. Most of LearnAR is a paid-for resource produced by the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, but there is a free demonstration version of their Human Organs activity on their website. This tool allows you to hold a marker in front of your chest and a see your internal organs.

If you know of similar apps – let me know in the comments below!

Author: Danny Nicholson

Danny is an author, Science teacher, ICT Consultant, PGCE lecturer and computing / interactive whiteboard trainer. He has delivered training courses across the UK, in Europe, and in Canada. Please get in touch with your training requests.

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