Virtual reality isn’t just for video games.
Alison Larke didn’t expect her husband to be there when their third child was born, as he works some 3,000 miles away from their home in Perth, Australia.
However, he did get to be there due to a virtual reality headset.
According to channel “prg_y,” which hosts the video, Samsung, the VR headset maker, allowed him to watch the entire thing live-streamed in virtual reality on the firm’s Gear VR,
It meant he could look around and experience the birthing process as if he was there.
“Samsung says that he was able to experience the birth in real-time even though he was 4,000 miles away for work, which is a pretty awesome use of a fairly new technology,” according to the description.
When she went into labor, Jason was sent to a special room to watch the delivery.
The VR set had a 360-degree camera, allowing him to see everything while she was in labor. A microphone and headset allowed the pair to talk to one another.
Alison appeared to have no difficulties during labor, and Steele was born.
“Jace was able to see our son born and experience the birth as if he was in the room with me,” Alison said in a statement to CNN.
Speaking about the experience, Alison added: “After we found out I was five weeks pregnant with our third child, we watched our baby grow, found out he was a boy and dreamed about what the future may hold. Then, at 30 weeks pregnant, Jace’s contract roster was confirmed and it was more than likely he would miss the birth of our baby, pending a miracle. But that’s exactly what we got when we were given the opportunity to be involved in the Samsung project.”
“For me it was like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders,” she explained, “knowing Jace would not be missing out on such a precious moment in our lives and we would virtually be experiencing the birth together. It has been an absolutely amazing, once in a lifetime experience that has changed our lives forever.”
‘Miracle’ Baby Born in Iowa
When Jaden Wesley Morrow was born premature at 23 weeks at Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines, doctors told his parents he was “remarkable,” reported KCCI Des Moines.
— KCCI News (@KCCINews) July 29, 2019
Despite being months away from her due date of Nov. 6, Jaden’s mother, Ellonn Smartt had a gut feeling her son was ready to enter the world on July 11.
Smartt returned home from work and told her partner, Jordan Morrow, that she knew Jaden was on his way.
“I think he’s going to come today,” she told Morrow.