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VR Let Me Meet My Daughter Before She Was Born
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VR Let Me Meet My Daughter Before She Was Born

A while ago, I got an idea: how awesome would it be to use 4D ultrasound to scan my unborn baby and make a virtual reality experience of that. So I talked my girlfriend over even though the idea felt a bit weird and almost scary.

How to make it happen? I searched for similar cases online, but couldn’t find any. All I could find was some examples of using ultrasound pictures for a 3D model print of your unborn baby. So this was the first time in the world someone was doing this. Luckily, I got people at the Aava Medical Centre excited about the idea, and they helped me move forward. I also contacted GE, a manufacturer of 4D ultrasound imaging systems, and they advised me how to extract the right kind of files from the ultrasound machine.

On a misty Thursday morning in August we went to the Aava Medical Centre for the 4D ultrasound scan. At this time, our baby girl was already a bit too big for perfect scans, but after an hour we got enough material. From these pregnancy photos, I imported DICOM data files to osiriX lite and made the first 3D model. It turned out pretty messy, but with a little help from a friend, we sculpted a nice 3D model.

The 3Dsoftware model of the baby was then placed in a Unity project, and the experience was ready.

When I put the VR glasses on for the first time, the experience took my breath away. Even though I knew this was only a 3D model, the fact that it was based on our unborn child and the power of this immersive experience really blew my mind. For the first ten minutes, it was just sitting still on the floor watching her floating in the air next to me. It was very emotional and calming yet unreal.

So, is this modern technology the future of ultrasound? Shall we all get to “meet” our unborn babies in VR experiences soon? I think the services of this kind of could be offered in the near future, but at the moment the quality of the scan is still too blurry, and the process involves too many manual steps. Then again, it certainly is worth the effort.

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A while ago I got an idea: how awesome would it be to use 4D ultrasound to scan my unborn baby and make a VR experience of that

Firstly we had to take a 4D ultrasound

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 first 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

When I put the VR glasses on for the first time, the experience took my breath away

Even though I knew this was only a 3D model, the fact that it was based on our unborn child and the power of this immersive experience really blew my mind. For the first ten minutes, it was just sitting still on the floor watching her floating in the air next to me. It was very emotional and calming yet unreal.

Shall we all get to “meet” our unborn babies in VR experiences soon?

I think services of this kind of could be offered in the near future, but at the moment the quality of the scan is still too blurry, and the process involves too many manual steps. Then again, it certainly is worth the effort.

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Sick Boy
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Where's the rush? It's out in a couple of weeks anyway.

Lyone Fein
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Maybe this is good for the fathers to feel closer to their children. Of course, mothers are meeting their babies all through the nine months before they are born.

Rafael Tiba
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"wow, your newborn son is amazing!". "this is nothing! wait till you see the photos!"

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Sick Boy
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Where's the rush? It's out in a couple of weeks anyway.

Lyone Fein
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Maybe this is good for the fathers to feel closer to their children. Of course, mothers are meeting their babies all through the nine months before they are born.

Rafael Tiba
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"wow, your newborn son is amazing!". "this is nothing! wait till you see the photos!"

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