Samsung Gear VR Allows Dad to Virtually Witness Son’s Birth 4,000 Km Away (Video)

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Credit: Samsung Australia YouTube video

If you still think VR (virtual reality) headsets are only for games and home entertainment, you’re wrong. Presenting the Samsung Gear VR, the device that was used for the world’s first live virtual reality birth. Be ready, because the video below provided to us by Samsung Australia will touch your heart.

Meet Jason ‘Jace’ Larke, a father of two sons who expects not to witness the birth of his third child because he is 4,000 kilometers (2,485 miles) away from his home in Perth, Australia. Jace works in mining area in Queensland. He could not leave his work until a week after his wife Alison gives birth.

Mr.and Mrs. Larke confirmed that they will have their third child when Alison was 5 weeks pregnant. Later, they learned that it will also be a boy. But on the 30th week, Jace got a one-month contract to work in a mining town of Chinchilla, which means he will not be present when his wife gives birth.

But last February 20, Jace was able to virtually witness the moment any father should not want to miss, the birth of his son, Steele. Thanks to Samsung Gear VR, and the Samsung Australia team who made it possible. While Alison was still pregnant, she was allowed to test the device on their home.

That special day, a room in Queensland has been set-up where Jace wore the Samsung VR headset.
At the same time, a 360-degree camera was set up in a room at the St John of God Mt Lawley Hospital in Perth. Jace was able to interact to Alison and her mother via 4G Wi-Fi, until Alison finally gave birth.

“As one of the leaders in technology innovation, Samsung wanted to demonstrate the potential of virtual reality and how this unique technology can address real challenges people face every day,” Samsung chief marketing officer Arno Lenior told CNET, referring to the new Samsung Gear VR headset.

According to Samsung, a Galaxy Note 4 smartphone is required to run The Samsung Gear VR. The device has a 96-degree viewing angle and has a 5.7 inch (143.9mm) Quad HD Super AMOLED (2560×1440) display, and promising an ultimate fascinating viewing experience.