Virtual Womb: Experiencing Human Sensory Development From a Fetal Point-of-View in Virtual Reality

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This paper explores the potential of using a virtual reality application to support pregnant individuals strengthen their parental bonds. The application simulates sensory development from a fetal point-of-view inside a virtual womb. More than 20 healthcare professionals comprising midwives, doctors, and nurses assisted the iterative design process through meetings, exposure, and open discussion. The evaluation used the iGroup Presence Questionnaire and Microsoft Product Reaction Cards to assess user presence and emotional impact. 48 participants (19 females, 29 males) comprising pregnant individuals, healthcare professionals, and miscellaneous participants took part in the evaluation. Results indicate feelings of presence, significant emotional impact, as well as positively inclined responses towards the experience. Healthcare professionals supported the evaluation, saw application potential, and expressed interest in further development and implementation.

TitelProceedings of the 11th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction : Shaping Experiences, Shaping Society
Antal sider8
ForlagAssociation for Computing Machinery
ISBN (Trykt)9781450375795
ISBN (Elektronisk)9781450375795
StatusUdgivet - 2020
BegivenhedNordiCHI 2020 - Tallinn, Estland
Varighed: 25 okt. 202029 okt. 2020


KonferenceNordiCHI 2020

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