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Men may soon be able to feel their unborn baby thanks to this strange wearable
A smart bracelet lets men feel what it’s like to be pregnant without having to go through nine months of excruciating pain.
Fibo, created by Danish company First Bond Wearables, is a wristband that allows a pregnant woman’s partner to feel how the baby is moving inside its mom.
That might sound like something out of a Black Mirror episode, but it’s actually very simple. A mother just needs to wear a monitoring device on her stomach during her third trimester for the wearable to start gathering data. The bracelet, which kind of looks like an unfinished Fitbit, contains four small beads that press down on the not-pregnant person’s wrist to recreate a baby’s kicking sensation.
“With Fibo, we are hoping to share the experience of pregnancy,” Sandra Pétursdóttir, head of research and media for Fibo, told the Huffington Post. “When the pearls inside the bracelet start rotating the father will know his baby is kicking or moving without putting his hands on the mother’s belly. He can therefore feel this wherever he goes.”
The device was created by three students from Copenhagen School of Design and Technology, and is intended to allow men to feel more involved in a pregnancy. The creators said fathers tend to get left out when the mother goes through all the changes in her body.
After the baby is born, all of its movements can be transformed from data points into jewelry.
“[Y]ou might say the baby designed the piece of jewelry before it was even born,” Pétursdóttir said.
The three students spoke with expecting couples who said they would most want to feel their babies’ movements on their wrist, rather than anywhere else.
“That way the device would also be visible which, to many fathers was a big plus because they wanted the whole world to see they were expecting a baby,” Pétursdóttir said.
The product is still under development and does not have a release date. Until then, men will still have to actually be with their pregnant partners to feel the baby.
H/T Elite Daily
Phillip Tracy is a former technology staff writer at the Daily Dot. He's an expert on smartphones, social media trends, and gadgets. He previously reported on IoT and telecom for RCR Wireless News and contributed to NewBay Media magazine. He now writes for Laptop magazine.