Meir Gottesman

3D Designer

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Virtual Reality on Your Phone: View Your Medical Data in 3D using Google Cardboard

This project is super easy, taking 5-10 minutes once you're familiar with the process. If you have any kind of medical condition, such as a broken bone or dentistry work, this skill will help you understand what your doctor is doing to help you.

Your doctor may also be interested in this technique since it's brand new in the medical community. It was pioneered in the end of 2015 by Dr. Redmond Burke, a surgeon who made national news when he save a child's life after viewing her medical scan data using his smartphone and a simple virtual reality viewer.

What you need

Here's what you'll need for this project:

  • a smartphone
  • Google Cardboard, a virtual reality viewer that costs about $20. If you don't have one yet, don't worry - you can still complete the project.

For the software, you'll need:

  • a 3D model (I'll provide one to get you started, later you can use your own)
  • Sketchfab - it's like YouTube for 3D models.

That's it!

The Technique

  1. Create a free account at Sketchfab.
  2. Upload the 3D model and wait for an email from Sketchfab telling you the model is ready.
  3. Using your smartphone, click the link in the email and you'll be able to see the model in full 3D on your phone. Much like standard phone apps, you can drag to rotate the model and pinch to zoom in and out.
  4. To view the model in virtual reality, simply click the Cardboard icon at the bottom of the 3D model window. When the screen splits into 2 images, pop your phone into the Cardboard viewer and voila - your model in Virtual Reality!

To complete your project, share a screenshot of your model on Sketchfab with the rest of the class!

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