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PreVue Pregnancy eTextile Device Lets Mothers See Their Baby Grow

New to the world of eTextiles is the PreVue pregnancy screen, an abdomen attachment that lets expecting parents see their child's growth and development as the natal process progresses.

The PreVue is the brainchild of Melody Shiue and has recently won an Australian Design Award - no surprise, given the level of innovation its got going on. Shiue's idea centers around the concept of pre-birth bonding using "fetal visualization" (a great term, we've got to admit) and the fact that this bonding is an essential part of post-birth health of both the mother and child. With post-partum depression a real issue for mothers, the PreVue aims to give both genders of parents the chance to get to know their baby before it ever comes along.

Designed to look like a large belt, the PreVue cinches in the back and fits over the abdomen. With the press of a button, a special ultrasonic layer next to the skin images the baby and then places this image onto a stretchable electronic textile that can grow as the mother does. At every stage of the baby's growth, the parents can see its reaction to stimuli, see it kick, spin, smile and evolve in front of their eyes.

PreVue ultrasound imager: highly technological.PreVue ultrasound imager: highly technological. 

As you can see from the specs, there's a fair bit that is going to go into the PreVue, our favorite part being the "capacitve micro-machined ultrasonic transducer array". If that isn't some future-awesomeness right there, we're not sure what is.

Conceptually, this thing is great. New parents love to see the ultrasound images of their child and will often hold on to the printed picture for years if not the rest of their lives, and a product that gives easy, daily access to a child's development with the push of a button is certainly something that will generate interest. Of course, practical application might tell another story. The pictures of the concept PreVue look great, but will the actual device deliver such clarity? Not only that, but will issues arise concerning just how much use the PreVue should have, both for the health of the child and the mother? In addition, eTextiles run the problem of e-hijacking and hacking issues, representing potential privacy issues.

This newly birthed concept has a great underlying appeal and we hope that it gets to see the light of day, even if the delivery is somewhat of a struggle.

Source: Tuvie 

Douglas Bonderud
Technology and Gadgets Blogger
InventorSpot.com

Comments
Mar 25, 2011
by Anonymous

Prevue equipment

My friends and I came up with some suggestions to make this product better. No, this is not spam, we're a bunch of pregnant women. We found a flaw in the product that if remedied would make the Prevue a LOT better.

Mar 25, 2011
by Anonymous

Prevue equipment

I forgot to leave my contact information for whenever you guys get around to wanting to know how to make it better. It's Madskyking@yahoo.com

Mar 25, 2011
by Anonymous

I agree

There is no way of knowing if frequent use could be harmful to the fetus. They'll probably sell it out of the country, but that is hardly ethical.

There is a reason why a uterus doesn't have a window. "Medically necessary" should be the rule of thumb, but that doesn't keep people from buying their own dopplers, etc. Anxiety or curiousity isn't a good enough reason for this. JMO

Mar 25, 2011
by Anonymous

Hey, I thought it was just

Hey, I thought it was just some clump of tissue, pretty hard to tear the baby to pieces now isn't it.

Mar 26, 2011
by Anonymous

Not PC

They'll come up with all kinds of reasons not to allow this. But it will be because it isn't PC - it might cause some woman somewhere to start thinking of the 'mass' inside of her as a baby. And then Planned Parenthood won't get to make so much money from abortions. And then they won't be able to campaign so much for "you know whom".

Mar 26, 2011
by Anonymous

Finally

Given a choice, wouldn't everyone like a womb with a view?

Mar 29, 2011
by Anonymous

unless you are a radiologist

unless you are a radiologist or sonographer you'll never understand the images! Maybe you'll see the four chamber hart, a profile, a hand, but the rest will worry you every minute! The device is great for a SF movie or to be used in an emergency situation where the patient is stuck and not able to get to a hospital fast ... but for pre birth bonding????