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October 01, 2013 (Vol. 33, No. 17)

3D Neuron Anatomy

  • Nice rotatable 3D model, a fair amount of information provided
  • Can't pinch-and-zoom, should be a free app
Platform: iPad/iPhone  
Cost: $0.99

One of a series of medical human anatomy apps, 3D Neuron Anatomy is a rather straightforward, although informative, app. Not to be confused with neuroanatomy—which would provide information about the positions of brain structures relative to one another—this neuron anatomy app informs students about the basic anatomical features of the neuron itself. The central feature of the app is the 3D, rotatable model of a neuron. As the app user clicks on pins associated with different parts of the cell, information about that cellular feature is displayed. While rotating the neuron is effortless, the zoom feature is cumbersome in that one cannot simply pinch-and-zoom. Overall the app should probably be offered at no charge given its limited content, but at the same time $0.99 is only a fraction of the cost of one’s morning coffee…

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