Tuesday, July 10, 2007

The Brain Maps API

BrainMaps.org has recently implemented a new AJAX-enabled multiresolution image viewer. Though a bit skimpy on functionality compared to the heavy-weight Flash viewers, it is snappy fast, uses very little memory, and in principle, allows for better integration with other HTML entities through DOM. An example is at http://brainmaps.org/ajax-viewer.php?datid=95&sname=123

What's more, the multiresolution viewer has been released as the Brain Maps API. The following is from the Brain Maps API page:

"The Brain Maps API lets you embed Brain Maps in your own web pages with JavaScript. Future versions will enable you to add overlays to brain maps (including markers and polylines) and display shadowed "info windows". The Brain Maps API is a free service, available for any web site that is free to consumers."

An example of the new Brain Maps AJAX GUI, which is a more beefed-up version of the Brain Maps API, is shown below:

Try going to this link to see what all the fuss is about, and once there, try clicking and dragging the image, or clicking on the little tree icon in the upper right. Also, the mouse scroll wheel should zoom you in and out.

Google Maps for the Brain? Not quite yet. It still needs image overlays and labels. But that being said, it's the best I've seen yet.

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