Takuya Iwamoto Pregnancy Dress is no ordinary maternity wear! The dress can replicate the nine-month pregnancy experience in a span of two minutes. Designed by Iwamoto for the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology and his team, the tool simulates the weight, temperature, movement and heartbeat of a fetus. The scientifically advanced twist on the conventional foam baby bump, the pregnancy dress was designed to make men understand what it feels like to be pregnant.
New Scientist explains how the device works: "To mimic the fetus, it contains a 4-litre bag filled with warm water. Kicking movement is recreated with a lining of 45 balloons that expand and contract. It also has an interactive feature that shows the virtual fetus on a video screen responding when the wearer’s tummy is stroked."
The innovative device is sure to accomplish its goal of making men more sympathetic to the expectancy experience, but also will function as a tool for women thinking about getting pregnant, or even teenagers and young expectant mothers who do not know exactly what to expect from the experience.
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