For expectant mothers, being pregnant may seem a rather lonely and isolating experience especially when the father can never fully understand, empathize, or appreciate the miracle (as well as the hardship) moving about and growing inside of them. But now, would-be fathers and even young girls who are simply curious can also share in mommy’s 9-month endeavor… all in just 2-minutes.
Takuya Iwamoto from the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology created a virtual pregnancy outfit that simulates the interior kicking and wriggling experienced by expectant mothers. It also has an interactive feature that shows the virtual fetus on a video screen responding when the wearer’s tummy is stroked. The dress can replicate the nine-month pregnancy experience in a span of two minutes. The tool simulates the weight, temperature, movement and heartbeat of a fetus.
To mimic the fetus, it contains a 4-litre bag filled with warm water. Kicking movement is recreated with a lining of 45 balloons that expand and contract. It also has an interactive feature that shows the virtual fetus on a video screen responding when the wearer’s tummy is stroked.