Last month I managed to get to This Happened London #7, another great night of inspiring talks showcasing recent innovations in digital art and interactive media.

Although it was nearly a month ago now, I noticed Chris O’Shea recently posted all the videos and presentations online, so thought I’d use that as an excuse to talk about it.

I’m always impressed with the evenings and inspirational talks, it’s incredible that they’re free – and you’re incredibly lucky if you manage to get hold of a ticket. I think the latest batch disappeared in about thirty seconds.

All the talks were great, but I especially want to mention Adam Cubitt of Glassworks.

Another former Bournemouth University student, a Computer Animation graduate, he led a team in collaboration with a host of anaesthetists and surgeons from the London Heart Hospital to create an incredible real-time, relative-sized interactive simulation of the human heart to assist in the teaching of transesophageal echocardiography to medical students.

The level of detail in the final model is astonishing, seemingly surpassing the expectations of everyone associated with the project. The medical staff themselves claim never to have seen anything quite to realistic or even expect that such a replication and project so ambitious could be so successful.

And as if the software alone isn’t impressive enough, students can actually use a specially developed probe on a mannequin connected to the system to visualise what the camera would actually be seeing inside a real human body, reacting (again in real-time) to it’s position and rotation within the chest cavity as a real echocardiography transducer would.

It really, really is worth a watch:

All the videos and presentation files (for all the talks) are on the This Happened site, or you watch the videos on their Vimeo channel.

There’s also a lot of content on Flickr – the This Happened London group, tags for thishappened-london-0309 and thishappened-london-7 and Twitter discussion with #thlon and updates from this_happened.

You can’t start a fire without a spark.