I stumbled upon this app one day in the App Store and haven’t been able to stop playing with is since. Essential Skeleton is a fantastic app for students studying human anatomy, especially the skeletal system, or any student interested in how the human body functions.
Using Essential Skeleton is very easy and a short tutorial at each open will guide students through the proper finger gestures to manipulate their skeleton. Students can zoom in or out on a full human skeleton, as well as rotate it 360° to view she skeletal system from any angle.
When a student selects a bone to view in Essential Skeleton, it will highlight green and an information bubble will appear giving the common and Latin names of the bone with an option to have those read for proper pronunciation. Students can also hide or fade the bone (or those surrounding it) for different views. Clicking on the blue “i” in the bubble opens a more detailed view with information on the function and purpose of the bone as well as 6 more close-up views.
Essential Skeleton is part of a larger series by the company 3D4Medical whose other apps include the muscular and nervous systems as well as more detailed apps for the heart, brain, and even teeth.
Also of interest: Check out 3D4Medical’s Images app for great photos and scans of all anatomical systems.