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Pregnant mothers haven’t had many recent technology breakthroughs that let them better track their baby’s development over time. Using virtual reality, VRFetus has an exciting new way for expecting mothers to see their unborn child like never before, and we checked it out at CES 2019.
The tool takes a standard ultrasound image and uses it to create a 3D VR model of the baby. Using the company’s proprietary headset, mothers can view a large model of their baby. You can even select the hands and feet of the baby using a controller to watch them move. To a point, you can also observe fetal growth at different stages of development.
VRFetus is partly aimed at pregnancy-focused medical facilities, but there’s a component for the mother as well. A mobile app allows you to project your baby’s measurements over time.
While it’s initially a bit unsettling seeing a large baby model in VR, nobody who checked out this tool on our team is a mother. Thus, it’s hard to describe the value from our perspective.
However, we think this type of technology is quite interesting in the value that it adds to a mother’s experience. Perhaps you’ll see it pop up sometime in a hospital.
The company behind VRFetus is Korean, so the launch date of the tool in the US is unknown. There’s also no price point set yet. While this is developing technology, we’re interested to see how it changes the process of pregnancy for all mothers.