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17 / 04 / 2009 - B(I)aby iPod device offers soothing soundtrack for unborn
Canadian design student Geof Ramsay has developed a device that aims to bring music to the ears of the unborn.
The B(I)aby consists of a contoured belt that wraps around a mothers waist with room for iPod and three inbuilt vibration speakers that play music directly to the womb.
Parents-to-be can play soothing music, or the sound of their own voices to presumably prep the unborn for the world outside the womb.
Many parents may hope that the 'Mozart effect,' a belief that playing classical music to unborn babies will help develop intelligence, is more reality than theory. The term 'Mozart effect,' was first coined by otolaryngologist, and inventor Alfred Tomatis, who used Mozart's music as the listening stimulus in his work attempting to cure a variety of disorders.
"Scientists have talked about music being a catalyst for an unborn child's mental growth for years," said B(I)aby creator Ramsay.
"This simple device just gives mothers a chance to try out that theory and also to help form a bond with their baby before they are even born. Of course, classical music is what the experts have suggested be used, but there is nothing to stop you playing your favourite Beatles track or even Led Zeppelin."
Source: MAC World