Designing future wearables for the year 2046  |  November 2013

There is nothing like the relationship between a mother and her child. The physical and emotional connection before the child’s birth is important for a baby’s development. It’s a closeness that enriches the life of a baby and it’s something that fathers are unable to experience. Moreover, as the family dynamic is changing and children are being born through surrogacy, its hard for these parents to establish a bond of their own.

Introducing BUMP, a wearable technology concept that allows parents-to-be to create a bond with their unborn child with just the touch of their hand. BUMP is a pliable and comfortable device that easily adheres to a woman’s stomach. By placing the device atop the lower area of the belly (one on each side) the parent can gently rest his/her hands on BUMP to initiate the bond. The device will transmit the sound of the person’s unique heartbeat into the womb for the unborn child to hear.

As babies in the womb are capable of remembering sound, BUMP helps to establish a bond that continues into the child’s life after birth. When a parent holds their newborn with the head resting in the chest area, the child will recognize the unique heartbeat from when he or she was in the womb, continuing to grow the bond that began before the babies birth.

My role: Research, concept, material selection, physical computing to build low fidelity working prototypes