Internet of Things
How might we enhance the emotional experience of pregnancy for fathers?
Bloom is a smart device that monitors the health of the fetus and facilitates the fathers to bond with their unborn child.
The birth of a child is a very special occasion in a couple's life. However, the bulk of the experience belongs to the mother as she is bearing the baby. The fathers miss out on the experience of connecting with the baby while it's still growing inside the mother. This makes it difficult for them to adjust to the new role of a parent after birth. During our research, we found that the absence of a physical connection holds the fathers back from emotionally bonding with the child. So we decided to give the fetus a physical personification even before its birth.
Scope : 2 weeks
Team : Abhinav Sircar
The salient feature of Bloom is that it picks up the heart rate readings/movements through the sensor and simulates a visual throbbing effect and sound. This mirrors the real-time heart rate of the fetus, who can now be perceived as a living being separate from the mother's body. In addition, heartbeat throbbing light which throbs like a heartbeat grows in size as the pregnancy proceeds.
Even when the fathers are at work, they can keep in touch with their baby and not miss a precious moment. Once the baby comes into the world, ‘Bloom’ transforms its functionality and can become the first toy with which the baby interacts.
HOW IT WORKS - THE ECOSYSTEM
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
During our secondary research, we found enough evidences which suggested the importance of the bond between fathers and the unborn baby.
Infants whose fathers were absent— and had no involvement in the pregnancy— were more likely to be born with lower birth weight and to be born prematurely.
When there's a healthy attachment between baby and parent, the baby comes to believe that the world is a safe place. This is the beginning of the establishment of trust
It is important for new fathers to bond with the baby in the utero as this would help them forge a strong bond and make adjustment to fatherhood after the baby’s birth a little easier.
A 3D printed prototype was made and the heart beat lighting was simulated by simple Arduino programming to create the desired effect. The prototype was later tested with a real life expecting couple to gauge their feedback and understand their reactions to an idea like this. They also volunteered to be our models for the concept video.