Truth is, the first ultrasound photos we had around 10 years ago, are still a mystery to me. I never understood how pregnant moms were able to see the faces of their babies with those vague photographs. For me, what I only saw are blots of gray, black and white.
Thankfully, we have reached a time where we can vividly see the features of babies while they're still in the womb. Moms can even see them in 3D, upfront, alive, like in real life. Thanks to this VR technology!
This experience could be mind-blowing to every pregnant moms (c) core77.com
Samuli Cantell came up with the idea to use 4D ultrasound images and data to create a 3D print of his baby. Using a VR goggle, the users were allowed to "see" the baby floating in space using the print for a full VR experience.
How Cantell had this notion, I'm guessing because he is a hardcore gamer. After receiving advice from Aava Medical Centre and GE, Cantell came up with this process.
When Cantell was asked about his first VR Baby experience, he told the Core77
, "we went to the Aava Medical Centre for the 4D ultrasound scan. At this time, our baby was already a bit too big for perfect scans, but after an hour we got enough material. From the data I imported DICOM files to osiriX lite and made the frst 3D model. It turned out pretty messy, but with a little help from a friend, we sculpted a nice 3D model. The 3D model of the baby was then placed in a Unity project, and the experience was ready."
Other members of the family can also take a look (c) core77.com
Nonetheless, Cantell's wild imagination led him to build a solid process.
"It's as awesome as it is weird, music plays a huge role in this kind of emotional experience, a lot of manual 3D sculpting is still needed, and the scanning should take place before pregnancy week 32."
The VR Baby Experience seems pretty impressive. It could get more brilliant, though, if the background music is customizable. I mean, wouldn't it be cool to play metal songs while watching your baby floating in the air? Or maybe not.