The Ultimate Human Heart Expedition in Augmented Reality

With the launch of iOS 11 today, Apple has instantly turned hundreds of millions of iPhones into augmented reality-capable devices thanks to the support of a new developer toolset called ARKit. With this technology, iOS developers can easily craft AR experiences for users on compatible iPhones and iPads, using each device’s built-in cameras, processors, and motion sensors. This is nothing short of game changing & we spoke about its implications in a recent episode of The PE Geek Podcast.

As for now, the first wave of these apps are available for you to download and test on the iOS 11 App Store. As you can imagine we instantly downloaded all of the apps we could find & began exploring these. While my intention was to wait until we had a collection of apps, this Anatomy experience was so incredible I couldn’t pass up sharing it.

Insight Heart

Using INSIGHT HEART users can easily scan their physical surroundings and place the three-dimensional heart without the need of predefined markers. The virtual assistant ANI will guide you through various states of the heart as you walk around the real world interacting

Explore the human heart like never before. Rotate and scale the high-resolution heart floating in front of you and feast your eyes on highly detailed 4k textures. Notice how the hearts surface adapts to your surrounding lighting environment. Trigger impressive visualizations of various conditions, such as normal heart rate, myocardial infarction, arterial hypertension and atrial fibrillation. Some of these conditions could never be experienced live!

See it in action in the video demonstration below:


2 thoughts on “The Ultimate Human Heart Expedition in Augmented Reality”

  1. As a physical education teacher, I find this blog and app very interesting. Even though I teach elementary PE, my older students would love this. Not only could they learn the anatomy of the heart, but they could also see what it looks like while they exercise and how exercise can effect the heart in a good way. As for using this app for older students in middle or high school, I would use this in my health classroom. The students could again use this to learn the anatomy, but also actually see how it could effect the heart with tobacco, alcohol, or anything else they put in their body that is harmful. I would have to do more research on this app before I taught a lesson to see what all it can actually do, but with students being more technology based with their lives, they would benefit from this app. Once I found this app to be successful, I could share with the district and other PE/health teachers.


  2. Alayna,
    As a physical education teacher working on my MSED, I found this information interesting as well. What an awesome way to incorporate technology into the physical education classroom. I have felt left out in previous graduate classes when asked to integrate technology into my program. This new app can definitely give my students the ability to not only see the heart and how it works but give the student a three-dimensional perspective. I like how the developer not only has shown a healthy heart but has also given the learner the capability of seeing the heart with various diseases and coronary abnormalities. I agree that the app may not be quite appropriate for the younger students in the elementary but the older students would definitely be engaged to see exactly why it is important to get the exercise we talk about in class. I have already purchased the app and look forward to learning about all the functions and capabilities this app has to offer my teaching. It will help the students learn about the anatomy of the heart in 3D, which is something that most have only seen on a poster. I would definitely incorporate this into my lessons during our Jump Rope for Heart week sponsored by the American Heart Association. I am excited to use this app. I think my students will be engaged with the lesson when they get to see exactly what happens inside their bodies.

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