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Father watches son's birth on Galaxy VR headset from 4000km away

March 16, 2015 | Ana Perez


Story and images by The Australian

VIRTUALLY visiting relatives in hospital may soon be possible following the demonstration of a Perth man witnessing his son's birth from afar in Chinchilla on a VR headset.

Wife Alison Larke gave birth to their third child Steele in suburban Perth while over in Chinchilla 300km west of Brisbane and 4000km away, husband Jace Larke watched the event using a virtual reality headset that recreated the experience of being in his wife's hospital room.

The Larkes normally would have to overcome some insurmountable communication and technical issues. Hospitals for one are notoriously bad in terms of patient internet connectivity and even mobile communications -- often you can't use your phone at all in them for fear of interfering with equipment.

But they had Samsung onside as well as Sydney-based virtual reality firm Rapid VR who decked out the hospital delivery room with a VR camera stationed where Mr Larke would have sat in the room, and positioned at head height. A cinematographer shot a regular video of the event.

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