Best Paper Award

The Anatomical Edutainer

Marwin Schindler, Hsiang-Yun Wu, Renata Georgia Raidou

View presentation: 2020-10-27T15:50:00Z GMT-0600 Change your timezone on the schedule page
Exemplar figure
Examples generated with the Anatomical Edutainer. (a) Printable 2D physicalizations of the human torso and head. In each representation, individual anatomical structures are matched to individual hues, which can be isolated (b) with the use of colored filters. (c) Foldable 3D physicalizations of the human pelvis, torso and head. Similarly to the 2D case, distinct hues are assigned to individual anatomical structures, which can be isolated with the use of colored lights (or colored filters, as in (b)).

Scientific Visualization, Life and medical sciences


Physical visualizations (i.e., data representations by means of physical objects) have been used for many centuries in medical and anatomical education. Recently, 3D printing techniques started also to emerge. Still, other medical physicalizations that rely on affordable and easy-to-find materials are limited, while smart strategies that take advantage of the optical properties of our physical world have not been thoroughly investigated. We propose the Anatomical Edutainer, a workflow to guide the easy, accessible, and affordable generation of physicalizations for tangible, interactive anatomical edutainment. The Anatomical Edutainer supports 2D printable and 3D foldable physicalizations that change their visual properties (i.e., hues of the visible spectrum) under colored lenses or colored lights, to reveal distinct anatomical structures through user interaction