Inventor: Novint Technologies
Virtual Fetus Ultrasound images allow expectant parents to see grainy images of their developing fetus. Soon they may also be able to "feel" the fetus, thanks to a new PC-based ultrasound device called the e-Touch Sono. The system combines data from a regular ultrasound machine with a force-feedback mechanism like those used in some video games. Touch the image of a fetal cheek with a hand-held stylus, and signals sent from the computer to mechanical motors in the stylus will simulate the sensation of pressing against soft skin. Move the stylus across the fetus's face, and you will feel the contours of its nose, lips and ears. Watch the baby's form appear onscreen as you "touch" it with the stylus. What's next? 3-D sculptures that would-be parents can bring home months before their due date.
Availability: Now, $250 to $350
To Learn More: novint.com
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