Codebreaker

Gestation cut from nine months to two minutes

Marc Sanchez Sep 22, 2011

And by gestations, I’m talking about the kind of fake gestation you get when you try on a Mommy Tummy. Mom-Tum, as I’ll call it from now on, is kind of like those pregnancy bellies an actor might have to wear for a movie. The difference with this one is that it grows… and moves… and kicks. It even simulates the warmth of a fetus. The researchers at Japan’s Kanagawa Institute of Technology, who designed Mom-Tum, wanted to let people (men and women) get a test run at what being pregnant might feel like. For men who want a more full experience of what it’s like to be with child, Mom-Tum can track the vitals of your real bun in the oven, so when mom feels a kick, dad does too.

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