Samsung Gear VR live streams the first virtual reality child birth

A new father wearing a Samsung Gear VR headset was able to witness the birth of his child from 2,400 miles away.

Aussie Jason Larke was unable to be physically join his wife Alison in the delivery room in Perth due to work commitments at the opposite end of the country in Queensland.

In a well-orchestrated production, Samsung furnished Larke with a Galaxy Note 4 and the Gear VR headset to enable the world’s first child birth streamed via virtual reality.

In a post on the Samsung Tomorrow blog, the company wrote: “Using the Samsung Gear VR, Jason was transported 4,000 kilometers across the country right into the delivery room. He could experience his wife’s birth live during her delivery using Samsung Gear technology – the first time a birth has been captured live using virtual reality.

“In a world first, the live-streaming virtual reality technology gave Jason the ability to look anywhere around the birthing suite and witness his child’s birth as if he were right there next to her.”

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