Arloon Anatomy

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Emily Pohlonski, Common Sense Media
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Augmented reality lets you see the body's systems in 3-D.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about the parts of the human body and how they work together to keep us alive. Multiple ways to access the information make this tool appealing and more accessible to kids. Through paired text, interactive images, and simulations, kids can explore the body and assess how much they've learned. Though a tutorial, parent guide, and improvement to the augmented-reality feature would make it even better, Arloon Anatomy | The Human Body is sure to ignite a kid's curiosity and takes familiar educational material way beyond the textbook.


Ease of Play

Lots of features; augmented-reality controls a bit glitchy but relatively intuitive.


Reproductive systems covered in realistic, educational way. Systems represented are shown on a female body, with the shadow of a breast -- not graphic but also not necessary for students to understand the content.

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What parents need to know

Parent's need to know that Arloon Anatomy | The Human Body helps kids learn about the structure and function of the human body. It allows kids to immerse themselves and explore the body before assessing what they've learned. Parents also should know that, in most of the systems, the body represented is female and includes the shadow of a bare breast. Arloon's use of augmented reality will require printing out a card from the website or using a T-shirt with any detailed print graphic. Content is available in both English and Spanish.

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What's it about?

ARLOON ANATOMY | THE HUMAN BODY is one of a growing list of interactive 3-D human-anatomy tools. This app’s simulations are paired with informational slides that describe how each part works. Users can manipulate and read about the parts of the respiratory, circulatory, digestive, excretory, nervous, skeletal, muscular, and reproductive systems. You also can use the augmented-reality feature to see the different systems appear on real people through the device's camera. After kids have explored, they can take a quiz or test to assess their understanding.

Is it any good?

This standout tool allows kids to explore anatomy using fun tech, but the features don't always work perfectly. Part of what sets it apart is that users move through the 3-D simulation as they read about the processes that go on in that part of the body, so kids can read, view, and explore in multiple ways. One drawback is that, though the developer's website makes it seem as if the augmented-reality feature allows the 3-D images to be mapped exactly onto a moving human body, it works better with Arloon’s small, square printout. Alternatively, you can use a person wearing a T-shirt with a detailed image, but the shirt's picture has to be big to get the full effect. A tutorial to walk kids through the controls would be helpful. Despite a few inconsistencies, there's a lot of interactivity and information to explore.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the ways our body works to stay healthy. How does your digestive system work? What kinds of ingredients do we need to give our digestive system so it can do its job?

  • Families also can use Arloon Anatomy | The Human Body to aid discussions about kids' bodies as they change. Check with kids to see if they're comfortable asking questions about their bodies. Does using a virtual simulation remove some of the embarrassment?

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For kids who love health and biology

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