What everyone has been waiting for, male reproductive system simulation
One of the best presentations at the February Eduverse Symposium was the presentation of Douglas R. Danforth, Ph.D. at the Ohio State University who took the audience on a “Testis Tour”, or as the non-biological or medically educated say: “The Virtual Sperm Tour” which sounds kind of cheap for such an impressive build.
It is impressive in my opinion as it shows the potential of virtual worlds in visualizing concepts which would be very hard to explain otherwise. It somewhat reminded me of Isaac Asimov’s “Fantastic Voyage” in which we are miniaturised and get on a submarine to explore the human body.
Some facts about the build:
- It took his students 15-30 minutes to get through the SL orientation on average
- It took the doctor with no prior experience in VW’s to get settles in SL
- It cost him 6 months of 1 hour a day of work to build his presentation (last 2 weeks 4/5 hours a day)
- The medium of text messaging where for none of the students a problem
Danforth said he’ll probably start working on an ovary and a demo of the fertilisation process in the near future. Right now it’s a pretty expensive project if you consider all the hours of (spare) time put into it, and maybe this isn’t your exact field of interest. I hope it will inspire you to think about the potential for your own field of expertise.